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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Hermione
By Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
 
THOU hast beauty bright and fair,
  Manner noble, aspect free,
Eyes that are untouch’d by care;
  What then do we ask from thee?
          Hermione, Hermione!        5
 
Thou hast reason quick and strong,
  Wit that envious men admire,
And a voice, itself a song!
  What then can we still desire?
          Hermione, Hermione!        10
 
Something thou dost want, O queen!
  (As the gold doth ask alloy,)
Tears—amidst thy laughter seen,
  Pity—mingling with thy joy.
          This is all we ask, from thee,        15
          Hermione, Hermione!
 
 
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