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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Beauty’s Burden
 
Charles Wharton Stork
 
 
I AM weighed down beneath a clustering load
Of fragrances, rich Sounds and lovely shapes,
Like one who toils along a doubtful road
With the glad wealth of purple-glinting grapes.
I seem to stagger from an ancient city        5
With golden armor, swords, fierce jewels, rings,—
Treasure that stirs deep memories with the pity
Of fate-foiled heroes and forgotten kings.
And then I dream I bear a love-ripe maiden,
Whose folded eyelids flutter; and I thirst        10
To touch her throat, her lips, till, rapture-laden,
It seems at length as if my heart would burst.
    Yet, Beauty-faint, I would not lose one shade,
    Or note or scent that Beauty’s hand hath made.

  The Farmer
 

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