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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
Extracts from Ionica: Amaturus
By William Johnson Cory (1823–1892)
 
SOMEWHERE beneath the sun,
  These quivering heart-strings prove it,
Somewhere there must be one
  Made for this soul, to move it;
Some one that hides her sweetness        5
  From neighbours whom she slights,
Nor can attain completeness,
  Nor give her heart its rights;
Some one whom I could court
  With no great change of manner,        10
Still holding reason’s fort,
  Though waving fancy’s banner;
A lady, not so queenly
  As to disdain my hand,
Yet born to smile serenely        15
  Like those that rule the land;
Noble, but not too proud;
  With soft hair simply folded,
And bright face crescent-browed,
  And throat by Muses moulded;        20
And eyelids lightly falling
  On little glistening seas,
Deep-calm, when gales are brawling,
  Though stirred by every breeze:
Swift voice, like flight of dove        25
  Through minster arches floating,
With sudden turns, when love
  Gets overnear to doting;
Keen lips, that shape soft sayings
  Like crystals of the snow,        30
With pretty half-betrayings
  Of things one may not know;
Fair hand, those touches thrill,
  Like golden rod of wonder,
Which Hermes wields at will        35
  Spirit and flesh to sunder;
Light foot, to press the stirrup
  In fearlessness and glee,
Or dance, till finches chirrup,
  And stars sink to the sea.        40
 
Forth, Love, and find this maid,
  Wherever she be hidden:
Speak, Love, be not afraid,
  But plead as thou art bidden;
And say, that he who taught thee        45
  His yearning want and pain,
Too dearly, dearly bought thee
  To part with thee in vain.
 
 
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