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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX. 1876–79.

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg

By Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)

SEE! From the Finland marshes there

’T is proud St. Isaac’s rears in air,

Pillar on pillar, that shining dome!

And, just beyond its glorious swell,

’T is the slender spire of the Citadel

Where great Czar Peter slumbers well

All by the Neva’s flood and foam,—

That lifts its cross till the golden bars

Gleam and burn with the midnight stars!

Taller than Luxor’s shafts, and grander,

Looms the pillar of Alexander

Guarding the palace that fronts the square;

And, out where the mist o’er Okhta flies,

The towers of the Nevski Cloister rise,—

Shrine of the saint who, deathless, lies

Circled with silver, and jewels rare;

And Smolnoi’s wealth of spangled blue

Beams all the dusky distance through!