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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
To Helen
By Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)
 
HELEN, thy beauty is to me
  Like those Nicèan barks of yore
That gently, o’er a perfumed sea,
  The weary way-worn wanderer bore
  To his own native shore.        5
 
On desperate seas long wont to roam,
  Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
  To the glory that was Greece,
And the grandeur that was Rome.        10
 
Lo, in yon brilliant window-niche
  How statue-like I see thee stand,
  The agate lamp within thy hand,
Ah! Psyche, from the regions which
  Are holy land!        15
 
 
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