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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Venice
By 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 molded bronze! frank debonair
Smiles of deep-bosomed women! Loves that seize
Man’s soul, and waft her on storm melodies!
 
 
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