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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Fancy: II. Fairies: Elves: Sprites
The Sirens’ Song
William Browne (c. 1590–c. 1645)
 
From the “Inner Temple Masque”

STEER hither, steer your wingèd pines,
      All beaten mariners:
Here lie undiscovered mines,
      A prey to passengers;
Perfumes far sweeter than the best        5
That make the phœnix urn and nest:
      Fear not your ships,
Nor any to oppose you save our lips;
      But come on shore,
Where no joy dies till love has gotten more.        10
 
For swelling waves our panting breasts,
      Where never storms arise,
Exchange; and be awhile our guests:
      For stars, gaze on our eyes.
The compass, love shall hourly sing;        15
And, as he goes about the ring,
      We will not miss
To tell each point he nameth with a kiss.
 
 
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