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Thomas Bailey Aldrich (Томас Бейли Олдрич)


Andromeda


The smooth-worn coin and threadbare classic phrase
Of Grecian myths that did beguile my youth,
Beguile me not as in the olden days:
I think more grief and beauty dwell with truth.
Andromeda, in fetters by the sea,
Star-pale with anguish till young Perseus came,
Less moves me with her suffering than she,
The slim girl figure fettered to dark shame,
That nightly haunts the park, there, like a shade,
Trailing her wretchedness from street to street.
See where she passes -- neither wife nor maid;
How all mere fiction crumbles at her feet!
Here is woe's self, and not the mask of woe:
A legend's shadow shall not move you so!



Thomas Bailey Aldrich's other poems:
  1. Before the Rain
  2. Echo Song
  3. Reminiscence
  4. The Sultana


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Gerard Hopkins (Джерард Хопкинс) Andromeda ("Now Time’s Andromeda on this rock rude")

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