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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Edith Sitwell. 
 
154. The Web of Eros
 
WITHIN your magic web of hair, lies furled 
The fire and splendour of the ancient world; 
The dire gold of the comet's wind-blown hair; 
The songs that turned to gold the evening air 
When all the stars of heaven sang for joy.         5
The flames that burnt the cloud-high city Troy. 
The mænad fire of spring on the cold earth; 
The myrrh-lit flame that gave both death and birth 
To the soul Phoenix; and the star-bright shower 
That came to Danaë in her brazen tower...  10
Within your magic web of hair lies furled 
The fire and splendour of the ancient world. 
 
 
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