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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
Extracts from Stella Maris: Three Sonnets: III. ‘And then she rose; and rising, then she knelt’
By John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)
 
AND then she rose; and rising, then she knelt;
  And then she paced the floor with passionate tread;
  And then she sank with that imperial head
  Bowed on bare knees: her broad arms made a belt
To clasp them; dark rebellious hair was shed        5
  In tempest o’er fixed ardent eyes which dwelt,
  Searching my heart’s heart; yea, my manhood felt
  From that tense huddled form intensest dread.
Nerves quaked; veins curdled; thin compulsive flame
  Thrilled through her crouching flesh to my couched soul        10
  Expectant; lingering minutes winged with blame
Swept over us with voiceless thunder-roll,
  While the vast silence of the midnight stole,
  Merging our sin, a shuddering sea of shame!
 
 
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