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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Sophie Jewett (Ellen Burroughs) (1861–1909)

A Smiling Demon of Notre Dame

QUIET as are the quiet skies,

He watches where the city lies

Floating in vision clear or dim

Through sun or rain beneath his eyes;

Her songs, her laughter, and her cries

Hour after hour drift up to him.

Her days of glory or disgrace

He watches with unchanging face;

He knows what midnight crimes are done;

What horrors under summer sun;

And souls that pass in holy death

Sweep by him on the morning’s breath.

Alike to holiness and sin

He feels nor alien nor akin;

Five hundred creeping mortal years

He smiles on human joy and tears,

Man-made, immortal, scorning man;

Serene, grotesque Olympian.