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This poem is taken from PN Review 36, Volume 10 Number 4, March - April 1984.

The Disenchanted Clive Wilmer
On a painting by Atkinson Grimshaw,
'Liverpool Quay by Moonlight', 1887

Riding at anchor ships from the New World,
Cargo-less now, sway, as in a trance;
Their lights float on a mist, their sails are furled;
They have disembarked both energy and distance.

Fated by deep unrest to haunt the quay
Aimless pilgrims, lit by the blear gaslight,
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