Clark Ashton Smith

Afterwards

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There is a silence in the world
Since we have said farewell;
And beauty with an alien speech
An alien tale would tell.


There is a silence in the world,
Which is not peace nor quiet:
Ever I seek to flee therefrom,
And walk the ways of riot.


But when I hear the music moan
In rooms of thronging laughter,
A tongueless demon drives me forth,
And silence follows after.

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