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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Venice
 
John Addington Symonds (1840–93)
 
 
VENICE, thou Siren of sea-cities, wrought
By mirage, built on water, stair o’er stair,
Of sunbeams and cloud-shadows, phantom-fair,
With naught of earth to mar thy sea-born thought!
Thou floating film upon the wonder-fraught        5
Ocean of dreams! Thou hast no dream so rare
As are thy sons and daughters, they who wear
Foam-flakes of charm from thine enchantment caught!
O dark brown eyes! O tangles of dark hair!
O heaven-blue eyes, blonde tresses where the breeze        10
Plays over sun-burn’d cheeks in sea-blown air!
Firm limbs of moulded bronze! frank debonair
Smiles of deep-bosom’d women! Loves that seize
Man’s soul, and waft her on storm-melodies!
 

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