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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
To Manon, Comparing Her to a Falcon
By Wilfred Scawen Blunt (1840–1922)
BRAVE as a falcon and as merciless,
With bright eyes watching still the world, thy prey,
I saw thee pass in thy lone majesty,
Untamed, unmated, high above the press.
The dull crowd gazed at thee. It could not guess        5
The secret of thy proud aërial way,
Or read in thy mute face the soul which lay
A prisoner there in chains of tenderness.
Lo, thou art captured. In my hand to-day
I hold thee, and awhile thou deignest to be        10
Pleased with my jesses. I would fain beguile
My foolish heart to think thou lovest me. See,
I dare not love thee quite. A little while
And thou shalt sail back heavenwards. Woe is me!

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