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On Reading Lord Dunsany’s
Book of Wonder
By H. P. Lovecraft

The hours of night unheeded fly,
     And in the grate the embers fade;
Vast shadows one by one pass by
     In silent daemon cavalcade.

But still the magic volume holds
     The raptur’d eye in realms apart,
And fulgent sorcery enfolds
     The willing mind and eager heart.

The lonely room no more is there—
     For to the sight in pomp appear
Temples and cities pois’d in air
     And blazing glories—sphere on sphere.
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