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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
198. Venus Transiens
 
By Amy Lowell
 
 
TELL me,
Was Venus more beautiful
Than you are,
When she stopped
The crinkled waves,        5
Drifting shoreward
On her plaited shell?
Was Botticelli’s vision
Fairer than mine;
And were the pointed rosebuds        10
He tossed his lady
Of better worth
Than the words I blow about you
To cover your too great loveliness
As with a gauze        15
Of misted silver?
 
For me,
You stand poised
In the blue and buoyant air,
Cinctured by bright winds,        20
Treading the sunlight.
And the waves which precede you
Ripple and stir
The sands at my feet.
 

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