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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
199. A Lady
 
By Amy Lowell
 
 
YOU are beautiful and faded,
Like an old opera tune
Played upon a harpsichord;
Or like the sun-flooded silks
Of an eighteenth century boudoir.        5
In your eyes
Smoulder the fallen roses of outlived minutes,
And the perfume of your soul
Is vague and suffusing,
With the pungence of sealed spice jars.        10
Your half-tones delight me,
And I grow mad with gazing
At your blent colors.
 
My vigor is a new-minted penny,
Which I cast at your feet.        15
Gather it up from the dust,
That its sparkle may amuse you.
 

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