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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Sonnets.
St. John at Patmos.
I. “What be his dreams”
By William Alexander (1824–1911)
 
WHAT be his dreams in Patmos? O’er the seas
  Looks he toward Athens, where the very fall
  Of Grecian sunlight is Platonical?
Or, peradventure, towards the Cyclades,
The Delian earth-star, ray’d with laurel trees—        5
  From ribbon’d baskets where Demeter threw
  Flowers the colour of the country blue
Oat-garlanded in Pares—or where bees
Humming o’er Amalthæa, who fed Zeus
  With goat-milk, goldenly the forest starr’d,        10
While rosy purple apples full of juice
  Laugh’d in the grassy horn—where, Naxosward,
Flush’d Dyonysus, driven o’er the brine,
Ivied the mast, and cream’d the crimson wine.
 
 
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