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Edith Wharton

Verses

 
EAN 8596547220039
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Table of Contents

Sonnets.
I. LE VIOL D’AMOUR.
II. VESPERS.
III. BETTINE TO GOETHE.
Spring Song.
Prophecies of Summer.
Song.
Heaven.
“Maiden, Arise.”
Spring.
Hildegard.
Walther.
Hildegard.
May Marian.
A BALLAD.
Moral.
Opportunities.
“The Last Token.”
Raffaelle to the Fornarina.
Chriemhild of Burgundy.
Some Woman to Some Man.
Lines on Chaucer.
What We Shall Say Fifty Years Hence, OF OUR FANCY-DRESS QUADRILLE.
Nothing More.
June and December.
October.
A Woman I Know.
Daisies.
Impromptu.
Notre Dame des Fleurs.
Translations from the German. THREE SONGS FROM THE GERMAN OF EMANUEL GEIBEL.
I.
II.
III.
Longing. FROM THE GERMAN OF SCHILLER.
“Be friendly, pray, to these fancies of mine.”
—Bettine Brentano.

NEWPORT, R. I., C. E. HAMMETT, Jr., 1878.

 

Sonnets.

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I. LE VIOL D’AMOUR.

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(An Organ-stop.)

O soft, caressing sound, more sweet than scentOf violets in woody hollows! ToneAs amorous as the ring-dove’s tender moanBeneath the spreading forest’s leafy tent;What mystery of earth or air hath lentThee that bewitching music, where the droneOf Summer bees in dewy buds new blownWith trembling, fainting melody is blent?What master did conceive thee, as the soundMost fit to woo his lady from her rest,What wakeful maiden in thy wooing foundThe passion of her lover first exprest,And from her silken pillows, beauty-crowned,Stept forth and smiled on him who loved her best?
November 10th, 1875.

II. VESPERS.

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It is the vesper hour, and in yon aisleWhere fainting incense clouds the heavy airMy lady’s kneeling at her evening prayer,Alone and silently; for in a fileThe choristers have passed, and left her there,Where martyrs from the tinted windows stare,And saints look downward with a holy smileUpon her meek devotions, while the dayFades slowly, and a tender amber lightFrom coloured panes about her head doth play—Her veil falls like a shade, and ghostly whiteHer clasped hands glimmer through the deepening gray;So will she kneel, until from Heaven’s heightThe Angels bend to hear their sister pray.
November 11th, 1875.

III. BETTINE TO GOETHE.

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“Be friendly, pray, with these fancies of mine.” Bettine.

Could youth discrown thy head of its gray hair,I could not love it as I love it now;Could one grand line be smoothed from thy brow,’Twould seem to me less stately and less fair.O no, be as thou art! For thou dost wearThe signs of noble age that cannot bowThine intellect like thy form, and I who knowHow each year that did visibly impairThy first fresh youth, left inwardly such grandAnd gracious gifts, would rather have thee so—Believe me, master, who erect doth standIn soul and purpose, age cannot lay lowTill he receive, new from the Father’s handThe youth he did but outwardly forego.
April, 1876.

Spring Song.

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“O primavera! Gioventù dell’ anno.”