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Edward Estlin Cummings; USA 1894-1962

Poet: Edward Estlin Cummings, USA, 1894-1962

Poem: The hours rise - De uren rijzen

Located: Nieuwe Rijn 36 (zijgevel Beschuitsteeg), Leiden

Since: 1994 (nummer 23)

Please see:

for Canon 50D full resolution shot of the same poem/wall.


New version, shot and uploaded 22nd September 2008


the hours rise


the hours rise up putting off stars and it is


into the street of the sky light walks scattering poems


on earth a candle is

extinguished the city


with a song upon her

mouth having death in her eyes


and it is dawn

the world

goes forth to murder dreams....


i see in the street where strong

men are digging bread

and i see the brutal faces of

people contented hideous hopeless cruel happy


and it is day,


in the mirror

i see a frail




dreams in the mirror


and it

is dusk on earth


a candle is lighted

and it is dark.

the people are in their houses

the frail man is in his bed

the city


sleeps with death upon her mouth having a song in her eyes

the hours descend,

putting on stars....


in the street of the sky night walks scattering poems


(Sonnet IX from Tulips, 1922)


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Taken on September 22, 2008