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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
L’Après-midi d’un Faune

LOV’ST 1 thou tawny trees?
I can show thee soon
Stranger sights than these.
Throngs of wilder’d kings
  Their power who sold,        5
Wearing its ruddy price
  In coins of gold.
Lov’st thou lilies white,
Untrod vales where bask
Fields of scented light?        10
Come where cloister’d queens
  By thousands sing
Their virgin saintliness
Wilt thou strength and life?        15
Wilt thou beauteous ease
Far from soiling strife?
When thy powers surrender
  Their glory tall,
When thy calm soft-closeth        20
  At evening fall,
When no joys shall please,
I can still devise
Fairer things than these.
Note 1. Same as 18. L’Après-midi d’un Faune. Romantic imagination is more far-reaching than natural beauty, but spiritual imagination is limitless. [back]

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