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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Asia Minor: Miletus
Catullian Hendecasyllables
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
 
HEAR, my beloved, an old Milesian story!—
High, and embosomed in congregated laurels,
Glimmered a temple upon a breezy headland;
In the dim distance amid the skyey billows
Rose a fair island; the god of flocks had placed it.        5
From the far shores of the bleak resounding island
Oft by the moonlight a little boat came floating,
Came to the sea-cave beneath the breezy headland,
Where amid myrtles a pathway stole in mazes
Up to the groves of the high embosomed temple.        10
There in a thicket of dedicated roses,
Oft did a priestess, as lovely as a vision,
Pouring her soul to the son of Cytherea,
Pray him to hover around the slight canoe-boat,
And with invisible pilotage to guide it        15
Over the dusk wave, until the nightly sailor
Shivering with ecstasy sank upon her bosom.
 
 
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