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Poem by Gordon Bottomley
From song and dream for ever gone Are Helen, Helen of Troy, And Cleopatra made to look upon, And many a daring boy Young Faust and Sigurd and Hippolytus: They are twice dead and we must find Great ladies yet unblemished by the mind, Heroes and acts not cold for us In amber or spirits of too many words. Ay, these are murdered by much thinking on. I hanker even for new shapes of swords, More different sins, and raptures not yet done. Yet, as I wait on marvels, such a bird As maybe Sigurd heard A thrush alighting with a little run Out-tops the daisies as it passes And peeps bright-eyed above the grasses.
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