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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
THOU hast beauty bright and fair,
  Manner noble, aspect free,
Eyes that are untouch’d by care;
  What then do we ask from thee?
          Hermione, Hermione!        5
Thou hast reason quick and strong,
  Wit that envious men admire,
And a voice, itself a song!
  What then can we still desire?
          Hermione, Hermione!        10
Something thou dost want, O queen!
  (As the gold doth ask alloy,)
Tears—amidst thy laughter seen,
  Pity—mingling with thy joy.
          This is all we ask, from thee,        15
          Hermione, Hermione!
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