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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1369. On a Greek Vase
By Frank Dempster Sherman
DIVINELY shapen cup, thy lip
  Unto me seemeth thus to speak:
“Behold in me the workmanship,
  The grace and cunning of a Greek!
“Long ages since he mixed the clay,        5
  Whose sense of symmetry was such,
The labor of a single day
  Immortal grew beneath his touch.
“For dreaming while his fingers went
  Around this slender neck of mine,        10
The form of her he loved was blent
  With every matchless curve and line.
“Her loveliness to me he gave
  Who gave unto herself his heart,
That love and beauty from the grave        15
  Might rise and live again in art.”
And hearing from thy lips this tale
  Of love and skill, of art and grace,
Thou seem’st to me no more the frail
  Memento of an older race:        20
But in thy form divinely wrought
  And figured o’er with fret and scroll,
I dream, by happy chance was caught,
  And dwelleth now, that maiden’s soul.


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