Beauty Clear and Fair |
BEAUTY clear and fair,
Where the air
Rather like a perfume dwells ;
Where the violet and the rose
Their blue veins and blush disclose,
And come to honour nothing else :
Where to live near
And planted there
Is to live, and still live new ;
Where to gain a favour is
More than light, perpetual bliss—
Make me live by serving you !
Dear, again back recall
To this light,
A stranger to himself and all!
Both the wonder and the story
Shall be yours, and eke the glory ;
I am your servant, and your thrall.
The Oxford Book of English Verse.
Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1919. 240.
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