This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...upon the sun-lit hills I'll wake The fair-haired Dryads, light of foot and fleet, And Homer's ancient gods admirers make Of thy ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...upon the sun-lit hills I'll wake The fair-haired Dryads, light of foot and fleet, And Homer's ancient gods admirers make Of thy pure form so sweet. 13. u The other gods are dying, those of Greece Know not decline; they, in maternal trees, In flowers, mountains, rivers, sleep in peace, And in the eternal seas. 14. Before the face of Christ their beauty's flower Naked and pure in marble rigid grew. In verse alone, O Lina, breathes their power Of youth for ever new; 15. Or if the face of some enamoured fair, Or heart of poet call them up awhile, From sacred nature they come everywhere Forth-flashing with a smile. 16. Behold the Dryads come on dancing feet, And: " In what age," the Oreads ask, " art grown So fair? And from what land, O sister sweet, Dost come, to us unknown? 17. " But in those stars, thine eyes, sad care12 is seated, Perhaps the Cyprian13 hath wounded thee, A goddess cruel, who fair forms hath treated Oft with malignity. 18. " Among14 you mortals Helen only may Nepenthe mix in cups for heroes dressed, But we well know what hidden mysteries lay Enclosed in Gea's breast. 19. 15 " For thee we'll gather mystic balsams shed As tears, when lives in lives transmuted are, And pearls by Amphitrite ocean-fed From cruel men afar. 20. " For thee we'll cull the living flowers that know The joys and sorrows of the human lot, They shall o'ertell thee tales of long-ago, Loves ne'er to be forgot. 21. " For thee the rose's plaint they shall recite, That with desire faints on thy bosom fair, And hymns repeat, her haughty sister white16 Chants, nestling in thy hair. 22. 17 " Then to refulgent caves we'll carry thee With us where amethyst and crystals shine, Where elements and forms eternally In mazy dance combine. 23. " We will immerse thee in each...Read Less
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