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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
II. Unacknowledged and Uncollected Translations.
Ideal Beauty
By Hernando de Herrera

O LIGHT serene! present in him who breathes
  That love divine, which kindles yet restrains
  The high-born soul—that in its mortal chains
  Heavenward aspires for love’s immortal wreaths!
Rich golden locks, within whose clustered curls        5
  Celestial and eternal treasures lie!
  A voice that breathes angelic harmony
  Among bright coral and unspotted pearls!
What marvellous beauty! Of the high estate
  Of immortality, within this light        10
  Transparent veil of flesh, a glimpse is given;
And in the glorious form, I contemplate,
  (Although its brightness blinds my feeble sight,)
  The immortal still I seek and follow on to Heaven!

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