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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
143. The Sonnet
By Louis Lavater
BUT thou hast read how Cleopatra went
  To Antony, her lustrous eyes a-shine,
Through mazy webs of love fit to entwine
A simple conqueror palaced in a tent;
And how her pearl, a monarch’s ransom, blent        5
Its iridescence with the sharp white wine
To pleasure her, as with an air divine
She quaffed it to the Roman’s dazzlement.
In such wise make, and take, a sonnet. Throw
Into the wine, emotion, the pure pearl        10
Of artistry, and while ’tis yet a-swirl
And beading bravely, snare with subtile craft
A gleam of golden light upon it—so!
Then, breathless, drain it at a single draught!


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