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The Sisters

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Pages: 246

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Aubrey De Vere

Excerpt from book: LINES WRITTEN BESIDE THE LAGO VARESE. (See Henry Taylor's Poem, entitled, " Lago Varese.") STILL rise around that lake well sung New growths as boon and good As when, by sunshine sadden'd, hung Her Poet o'er that flood, And sang, in Idyll-Elegy, a lay Which praised things beauteous, mourning their decay. As then great Nature, " kind to sloth," Lets drop o'er all the land Her gifts, the fair and fruitful both, Into the sleeper's hand: On golden ground once more she paints as then The cistus bower, and convent-brighten'd glen. m. Still o'er the flashing waters lean The mulberry and the maize, And roof of vines whose purple screen Tempers those piercing rays, Which here forego their fiercer shafts, and sleep, Subdued, in crimson cells, and verdurous chambers deep. And still in many a sandy creek Light waves run on and up, While the foam-bubbles winking break Around their channell'd cup : Against the rock they toss the bleeding gourd, Or lap on marble stair and skiff unmoor'd. Fulfill'd thus far the Poet's words:— And yet a truth that hour By him unsung upon his chords Descends, their ampler dower. Of Nature's cyclic life he sang, nor knew That frailer shape he mourn'd should bloom perpetual too. There still—not skilful to retract A glance as kind as keen— By the same southern sunset back'd There still that Maid is seen : Through song's high grace there stands she ! from her eyes Still beams the cordial mirth, the unshamed surprise I vn. Not yet those parted lips remit A smile that grows and grows: The Titianic morning yet Breaks from that cheek of rose: Still from her locks the breeze its sweetness takes :- Around her white feet still the ripple fawns and rakes. vm. And, bright'ning in the radianc...  


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