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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
Vision of a Fair Woman
From the Ancient Erse
 
From Elizabeth A. Sharp’s “Lyra Celtica”

TELL us some of the charms of the stars:
  Close and well set were her ivory teeth;
White as the canna upon the moor
  Was her bosom the tartan bright beneath.
 
Her well-rounded forehead shone        5
  Soft and fair as the mountain snow;
Her two breasts were heaving full;
  To them did the hearts of heroes flow.
 
Her lips were ruddier than the rose;
  Tender and tunefully sweet her tongue;        10
White as the foam adown her side
  Her delicate fingers extended hung.
 
Smooth as the dusky down of the elk
  Appeared her shady eyebrows to me;
Lovely her cheeks were, like berries red;        15
  From every guile she was wholly free.
 
Her countenance looked like the gentle buds
  Unfolding their beauty in early spring;
Her yellow locks like the gold-browed hills;
  And her eyes like the radiance the sunbeams bring.        20
 
 
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