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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
Descriptive Poems: III. Places
John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)
VENICE, thou Siren of sea cities, wrought
  By mirage, built on water, stair o’er stair,
  Of sunbeams and cloud shadows, phantom-fair,
With naught of earth to mar thy sea-born thought!
Thou floating film upon the wonder-fraught        5
  Ocean of dreams! Thou hast no dream so rare
  As are thy sons and daughters,—they who wear
Foam flakes of charm from thine enchantment caught.
    O dark brown eyes! O tangles of dark hair!
O heaven-blue eyes, blonde tresses where the breeze        10
    Plays over sunburned cheeks in sea-blown air!
    Firm limbs of moulded bronze! frank debonair
Smiles of deep-bosomed women! Loves that seize
Man’s soul, and waft her on storm melodies!

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