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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
A Budget of Paradoxes
John Martley (1844–1882)
 
CHILD in thy beauty; empress in thy pride;
Sweet and unyielding as the summer’s tide;
Starlike to tremble, starlike to abide.
 
Guiltless of wounding, yet more true than steel;
Gem-like thy light to flash and to conceal;        5
Tortoise to bear, insect to see and feel.
 
Blushing and shy, yet dread we thy disdain;
Smiling, a sunbeam fraught with hints of rain;
Trilling love-notes to freedom’s fierce refrain.
 
The days are fresh, the hours are wild and sweet,        10
When spring and winter, dawn and darkness meet;
Nymph, with one welcome, thee and these we greet.
 
 
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