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It Is Not Beauty I Demand

By Darley, George

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Book Id: WPLBN0000253197
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: It Is Not Beauty I Demand  
Author: Darley, George
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: IT is not Beauty I demand, // A crystal brow, the moon's despair, // Nor the snow's daughter, a white hand, // Nor mermaid's yellow pride of hair. // Tell me not of your starry eyes, // Your lips that seem on roses fed, // Your breasts where Cupid trembling lies, // Nor sleeps for kissing of his bed. // A bloomy pair of vermeil cheeks, // Like Hebe's in her ruddiest hours, // A breath that softer music speaks // Than summer winds a-wooing flowers. // These are but gauds; nay, what are lips? // Coral beneath the ocean-stream, // Whose brink when your adventurer sips // Full oft he perisheth on them. // And what are cheeks but ensigns oft // That wave hot youth to fields of blood? // Did Helen's breast though ne'er so soft, // Do Greece or Ilium any good? // Eyes can with baleful ardor burn, // Poison can breath that erst perfumed, // There's many a white hand holds an urn // With lovers' hearts to dust consumed. // For crystal brows-there's naught within, // They are but empty cells for pride; // He who the Syren's hair would win // Is mostly strangled in the tide. // Give me, instead of beauty's bust, // A tender heart, a loyal mind, // Which with temptation I could trust, // Yet never linked with error find. // One in whose gentle bosom I // Could pour my secret heart of woes. // Like the care-burdened honey-fly // That hides his murmurs in the rose. // My earthly comforter! whose love // So indefeasible might be...


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