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Poem by Sidney Lanier

To Charlotte Cushman

Look where a three-point star shall weave his beam
Into the slumbrous tissue of some stream,
Till his bright self oer his bright copy seem
Fulfillment dropping on a come-true dream;
So in this night of art thy soul doth show
Her excellent double in the steadfast flow
Of wishing love that through mens hearts doth go:
At once thou shinst above and shinst below.
Een when thou strivest there within Arts sky
(Each star must oer a strenuous orbit fly),
Full calm thine image in our love doth lie,
A Motion glassed in a Tranquillity.
So triple-rayed, thou movst, yet stayst, serene --
Arts artist, Loves dear woman, Fames good queen!

Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier's other poems:
  1. A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L.
  2. A Song of the Future
  3. Strange Jokes
  4. The Dove
  5. Martha Washington

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