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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from Stella Maris: Three Sonnets: II. ‘Silvery mosquito-curtains draped the bed’
By John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)
SILVERY mosquito-curtains draped the bed:
  A lamp stood on the table; but its light
  Startled no whit the drowsy wings of night,
  Nor had the mystery of darkness fled.
She slumbered not: flawless from foot to head;        5
  Fair ivory body clothed in fairest white;
  No bar between her beauty and my sight:
  Silence and storm-throes on our souls were shed.
Storm in the flakes of refluent hair that fret
  Those brows imperious; in the smouldering fire        10
  Of clear blue eyes love’s tear-dews never wet;
Scorn frozen on firm lips, and petulant ire
  Ready to leap from that marmoreal breast.
  How awful was this motionless unrest!

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