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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Watteau Panels
By Royall Henderson Snow (b. 1898)
 
(From The Pagan, 1920)

I  A melody with sombre chords
PIERROT draws aside the willows
As a curtain,
And naïve Columbine steps through.
In the moonlight—
Like the twinkling of silver minnows        5
The gurgling brook winks at Pierrot.
He had come there before.
 
II  Danse Macabre
From a hidden orchestra
Drifts in blurred melody the valse hesitation
A dancer presses his partner’s hand        10
Commandingly.
 
III  Acquiescence
“No,” whispers the woman
And turns her head
So that the moonlight falls on her bare throat.
 
 
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