Shadows and Ideals

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byFrancis Saltus Saltus

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1890 Excerpt: ... GRETCHEN. 213 GRETCHEN. From the Italian of Lorento Stecchetli. Near the Cathedral door, as black and base As some foul witch loved by a demon crew, Squatting in filth, a weird hag met my view, The mark of bagnios stamped upon her face. But in the Beldame's wrinkles I could trace A vestige of dead beauty glimmering through; Therefore, I asked, "What somber Fates pursue Thy life and make thee peddle in this place?" She answered: "/ was Marguerite! For gold I have unnumbered men since Faust enticed, And given to each my gladdened kiss of sin. And now, to warm my withered flesh so old, I sell these images of Saints and Christ To buy myself a penny's worth of gin." THE KISS. Incorrigible, false coquette, She spumed my love and with a smile Bade me her promises forget; Toying with glittering rings the while. (But tell it not.) Doubting of old her inconstant heart, The dreaded blow was less severe; Wicked, she turned to see me start, Or mark, perchance, a falling tear. (But tell it not.) "If it must be, if cherished bliss Is lost to me forever," I cried, "Give me one last, sweet, parting kiss, Too soothe my passion's injured pride." (But tell it not.) With pretty gestures, like a bird In her rare loveliness unique, She, smiling, rose, without a word, THE KISS. 215 And gently kissed my lips and cheek. (But tell it not.) That peerless beauty, chaste and proud, Lies in her sumptuous coffin now! Her sweet limbs hidden in a shroud, With spotless lilies on her brow. (But tell it not.) Friend, there are ways of pain and dread To veil youth's dawn in sad eclipse; She could not see the poison spread On my pale cheeks and livid lips! (But tell it not.) UNE BONNE FORTUNE. A MOOD OF MADNESS. As fretful swords wear out their sheaths by pressure. As honey-laden bees grow sick ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1890 Excerpt: ... GRETCHEN. 213 GRETCHEN. From the Italian of Lorento Stecchetli. Near the Cathedral door, as black and base As some foul witch lo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217053254

ISBN - 13:9780217053259

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