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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
Amala’s Bridal Song (from Death’s Jest Book, Act iv)
By Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849)
Female Voices.
WE have bathed, where none have seen us,
  In the lake and in the fountain,
    Underneath the charmëd statue
Of the timid, bending Venus,
  When the water-nymphs were counting        5
In the waves the stars of night,
    And those maidens started at you,
Your limbs shone through so soft and bright.
    But no secrets dare we tell,
      For thy slaves unlace thee,        10
      And he, who shall embrace thee,
    Waits to try thy beauty’s spell.
Male Voices.
We have crowned thee queen of women,
  Since love’s love, the rose, hath kept her
    Court within thy lips and blushes,        15
And thine eye, in beauty swimming,
  Kissing, we rendered up the sceptre,
At whose touch the startled soul
    Like an ocean bounds and gushes,
And spirits bend at thy control.        20
    But no secrets dare we tell,
      For thy slaves unlace thee,
      And he, who shall embrace thee,
    Is at hand, and so farewell.

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