On a sudden, whispering and unannounced,
there crept within this building's galaxy
the secret wonder of a wandering voice.
Here it stole and there it strayed,
between the old man and the youth it laid
it's touch of magic here then gone.
Two, three and more the voices come
echoing between soaring vaults and pendulous glass.
Farther yet and far away the voices fade,
a mystery beyond the candled avenue
melts, dissolves and hides beyond
the darkened window's shade.
17 October 1954