Read "L'Amour Supreme" at The Eldritch Dark:
Given that Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) wrote this poem while he was in his thirties, it has a somber tone that seems derived of greater age and experience. The second stanza is practically gothic:
Otherwise, all is dead, all is grown dark and frore;
But, by this proud flambeau, magistral and supreme,
One sees the withered woods, clear-lined on a pale heaven,
And the thunder-blasted walls of a sunken kingdom.
The phrase "thunder-blasted walls of a sunken kingdom" has a wonderful, lyrical magic that only CAS could verbalize!
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