Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VI. Fancy: Sentiment
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790–1867)
From “Fanny”

BUT Fortune, like some others of her sex,
  Delights in tantalizing and tormenting.
One day we feed upon their smiles,—the next
  Is spent in swearing, sorrowing, and repenting.
*        *        *        *        *
Eve never walked in Paradise more pure        5
  Than on that morn when Satan played the devil
With her and all her race. A lovesick wooer
  Ne’er asked a kinder maiden, or more civil,
Than Cleopatra was to Antony
The day she left him on the Ionian sea.        10
The serpent—loveliest in his coilèd ring,
  With eye that charms, and beauty that outvies
The tints of the rainbow—bears upon his sting
  The deadliest venom. Ere the dolphin dies
Its hues are brightest. Like an infant’s breath        15
Are tropic winds before the voice of death
Is heard upon the waters, summoning
  The midnight earthquake from its sleep of years
To do its task of woe. The clouds that fling
  The lightning brighten ere the bolt appears;        20
The pantings of the warrior’s heart are proud
Upon that battle-morn whose night-dews wet his shroud;
The sun is loveliest as he sinks to rest;
  The leaves of autumn smile when fading fast;
The swan’s last song is sweetest.        25

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