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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Sonnet: “I am most lovely, fair beyond desire”
By George Moore (1852–1933)
 
(From Flowers of Passion, 1878)

I AM most lovely, fair beyond desire:
My breasts are sweet, my hair is soft and bright,
And every movement flows by instinct right:
Full well I know my touch doth burn like fire,
That my voice stings the sense like smitten lyre;        5
I am the queen of sensuous delight;
Past years are sealed with the signet of my might;
And at my feet pale present kneels a buyer.
 
My beds are odorous with soft-shed scent,
And strange moon flowers a tremulous twilight air        10
Weave over all; and here, alone I sing
My siren songs, until all souls are bent
Within the subtle sweet melodious snare.
God, making love, made me love’s grievous sting.
 
 
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