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Madison Julius Cawein (Мэдисон Джулиус Кавейн)

Her Portrait

Were I an artist, Lydia, I
Would paint you as you merit,
Not as my eyes, but dreams, descry;
Not in the flesh, but spirit.

The canvas I would paint you on
Should be a bit of heaven;
My brush, a sunbeam; pigments, dawn
And night and starry even.

Your form and features to express,
Likewise your soul's chaste whiteness,
I'd take the primal essences
Of darkness and of brightness.

I'd take pure night to paint your hair;
Stars for your eyes; and morning
To paint your skin--the rosy air
That is your limbs' adorning.

To paint the love-bows of your lips,
I'd mix, for colors, kisses;
And for your breasts and finger-tips,
Sweet odors and soft blisses.

And to complete the picture well,
I'd temper all with woman,--
Some tears, some laughter; heaven and hell,
To show you still are human.

Madison Julius Cawein's other poems:
  1. The Tree-Toad
  2. Enchantment
  3. The Dance of Summer
  4. The Sleeper
  5. The Torrent

Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Francis Thompson (Фрэнсис Томпсон) Her Portrait ("Oh, but the heavenly grammar did I hold")
  • Jean Blewett (Джин Блюетт) Her Portrait ("When Love, the master-painter, took the brush")

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