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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
Shadows of His Lady
By Jacques Tahureau (1527–1555)
 
Translated by Andrew Lang

WITHIN the sand of what far river lies
  The gold that gleams in tresses of my Love?
  What highest circle of the Heavens above
Is jewelled with such stars as are her eyes?
And where is the rich sea whose coral vies        5
  With her red lips, that cannot kiss enough?
  What dawn-lit garden knew the rose, whereof
The fled soul lives in her cheeks’ rosy guise?
 
What Parian marble that is loveliest,
Can match the whiteness of her brow and breast?        10
  When drew she breath from the Sabæan glade?
Oh happy rock and river, sky and sea,
Gardens, and glades Sabæan, all that be
  The far-off splendid semblance of my maid!
 
 
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