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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
289. Dance Figure
 
By Ezra Pound
 
 
For the Marriage in Cana of Galilee
 
 
DARK-EYED,
O woman of my dreams,
Ivory sandaled,
There is none like thee among the dancers,
None with swift feet.        5
 
I have not found thee in the tents,
In the broken darkness.
I have not found thee at the well-head
Among the women with pitchers.
 
Thine arms are as a young sapling under the bark;        10
Thy face as a river with lights.
 
White as an almond are thy shoulders;
As new almonds stripped from the husk.
 
They guard thee not with eunuchs;
Not with bars of copper.        15
Gilt turquoise and silver are in the place of thy rest.
A brown robe, with threads of gold woven in patterns,
                hast thou gathered about thee,
O Nathat-Ikanaie, “Tree-at-the-river.”
 
As a rillet among the sedge are thy hands upon me;        20
Thy fingers a frosted stream.
 
Thy maidens are white like pebbles;
Their music about thee!
 
There is none like thee among the dancers;
None with swift feet.        25
 

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