Alice Meynell (1847-1922)|
The golden tint of the electric lights seems to give a
complementary colour to the air in the early evening.
ESSAY ON LONDON
O HEAVENLY colour, London town
Has blurred it from her skies;
And, hooded in an earthly brown,
Unheaven’d the city lies.
No longer, standard-like, this hue
Above the broad road flies;
Nor does the narrow street the blue
Wear, slender pennon-wise.
But when the gold and silver lamps
Colour the London dew,
And, misted by the winter damps,
The shops shine bright anew
Blue comes to earth, it walks the street,
It dyes the wide air through;
A mimic sky about their feet,
The throng go crowned with blue.
The above poem can be found in:
Meynell, Alice. Collected Poems of Alice Meynell.
London: Burns & Oates, 1914.
Meynell wrote a number of essays on both London and
electric lights, but I have been unable to find the essay
containing the introductory quote.