Summer 1957 • Vol. XIX No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1957 |

Evening at the Athenaeum (Ad Amicos Huntingtonienses)

Charles Monroe Coffin EVENING AT THE ATHENAEUM (Ad Amicos Huntingtonienses) At the end of the olive walk, unheard, The Pacific beating on the world's edge Concludes a continent. The Sun's fall stops The day, and the cool Planet's flame candling The spire of the black yew asserts the night. And we sit here in the olive peace, near The world's end and at the day's, an island, Composing all meridian furies, By the song and undersong of the head And heart, blending one voice, spoken into Being. Elemented of all tempers Begotten in southern laititudes, all Humors bred where th' Atlantic's mists and rain Drench earth with waters of the firmament; Of souls annealed in desert furnaces, And those timed to the march of the City's Metronome; and of green hearts rooting in The temperate fields between: conglobing Here, an island, by providential Accident. In what dark ways? Where, how long Preparing? There, while one, alone, surveyed The wide geometries of Grosz, or watched El Greco's earth-pla

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