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Poem by Edmund Waller
Had Sacharissa lived when mortals made Choice of their deities, this sacred shade Had held an alter to her power, that gave The peace and glory which these alleys have; Embroidered so with flowers where she stood, That it became a garden of a wood. Her presence has such more than human grace That it can civilize the rudest place; And beauty too, and order, can impart, Where nature ne'er intended it, nor art. The plants acknowledge this, and her admire No less than those of old did Orpheus' lyre; If she sit down, with tops all towards her bowed, They round about her into arbors crowd; Or if she walk, in even ranks they stand, Like some well marshaled and obsequious band. Amphion so made stones and timber leap Into fair figures from a confused heap; And in the symmetry of her parts is found A power like that of harmony in sound. Ye lofty beeches, tell this matchless dame That if together ye fed all one flame, It could not equalize the hundredth part Of what her eyes have kindled in my heart! Go, boy, and carve this passion on the bark Of yonder tree, which stands the sacred mark Of noble Sidney's birth; when such benign, Such more than mortal-making stars did shine, That there they cannot but forever prove The monument and pledge of humble love; His humble love whose hopes shall ne'er rise higher Than for a pardon that he dares admire.
Poem Theme: Penshurst (England)
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