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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Robert Browning
By Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–1892)
 
THEMES strong—verse bloodwarm with the limbs and veins
  Of life at full-flush—yet as when one sees
  Some unknown Grecian youth Praxiteles
Or Phidias raised from flesh on Attic plains
Into perennial marble—the coarse stains        5
  Of corporal frailty cleansed by ministries
  Of art divine from all impurities—
Till of crude fact the living soul remains:
So, with the touch of genius wrought this seer
Of passion and of truth, till heart and mind        10
Share in the vigor of the fleshly frame,
Though palpable to sense his forms appear,
In the soul’s life transfigured and refined,
The higher art that nature makes they claim.
 
 
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