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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Portrait
By Ezra Pound (1885–1972)
 
NOW would I weave her portrait out of all dim splendour.
Of Provence and far halls of memory,
Lo, there come echoes, faint diversity
Of blended bells at even’s end, or
As the distant seas should send her        5
The tribute of their trembling, ceaselessly
Resonant. Out of all dreams that be,
Say, shall I bid the deepest dreams attend her?
 
Nay! For I have seen the purplest shadows stand
Alway with reverent cheer that look’d on her,        10
Silence himself is grown her worshipper
And ever doth attend her in that land
Wherein she reigneth, wherefore let there stir
Naught but the softest voices, praising her.
 
 
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