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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Venice
By Bessie Gray (1854–1925)
 
’GAINST the dust-gold of morn’s candescent sky
  Strike dome and campanile, sharp and clear,
  Jangling sweet bells on the still city’s ear.
Strange scents of musk and myrtle hover nigh;
The frail pomegranate-blossoms, hanging high        5
  Above the dark canal, drop straight and sheer,
  Drift on, a crimson fleet, then disappear.
High-heaped with sun-kissed fruits, the boats go by
With cadenced oar to the gay market-place,
  Where purple, bloomy grapes, for very stress        10
    Of swollen sweetness, burst and spill their wine;
    Where bronzèd melons lie, in shade and shine,
  And the Sea City’s definite impress
Glows in swart splendor from each dusky face.
 
 
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