A Sunset

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A Sunset  (1912) 
by Clark Ashton Smith
1912.

Far-falling from a wounded heaven,
The sunset, on the pool of jet,
Is shed like faded blood.

The shadows of night, beyond the water,
Nest without sound in the cypress
With the tired and heavy raven.

Seised by some black enchantment,
A proud tomb dissolves in the twilight,
Like a phantom, slowly.

Like to sated ghouls,
The yew-trees, bowed above the ossuary,
Are drowsy and tranquil.

The day, a dying memory,
Wanders lost in the mournful wood,
And drowns beneath the black pool.

. . . . . .


Far-falling from a wounded heart,
My love, on the waters of Lethe,
Is shed like faded blood.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1961, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.