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Alan Seeger (Алан Сигер)


Sonnet 11. WHEN among creatures fair of countenance


    A paraphrase of Petrarca, Quando fra l'altre donne...

WHEN among creatures fair of countenance
Love comes enformed in such proud character,
So far as other beauty yields to her,
So far the breast with fiercer longing pants;
I bless the spot, and hour, and circumstance,
That wed desire to a thing so high,
And say, Glad soul, rejoice, for thou and I
Of bliss unpaired are made participants;
Hence have come ardent thoughts and waking dreams
That, feeding Fancy from so sweet a cup,
Leave it no lust for gross imaginings.
Through her the woman's perfect beauty gleams
That while it gazes lifts the spirit up
To that high source from which all beauty springs.



Alan Seeger's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 4. Up at his attic sill the South wind came
  2. Sonnet 16. WHO shall invoke her, who shall be her priest
  3. Kyrenaikos
  4. The Torture of Cuauhtemoc
  5. Sonnet 1. Down the strait vistas where a city street


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