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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
23. The Symbol Seduces
 
 
THERE in her old-world garden smiles
A symbol of the world’s desire,
Striving with quaint and lovely wiles
To bind to earth the soul of fire.
 
And while I sit and listen there,        5
The robe of Beauty falls away
From universal things to where
Its image dazzles for a day.
 
Away! the great life calls; I leave
For Beauty, Beauty’s rarest flower;        10
For Truth, the lips that ne’er deceive;
For Love, I leave Love’s haunted bower.
 

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