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SONG, FR. A VISION OF GIORGIONE: GEMMA'S SONG ON THE WAY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Helen dwelt in old troy city
Last Line: Liefer than to hers.
Subject(s): Helen Of Troy; Mythology - Classical


HELEN dwelt in old Troy city
All to sow the sad brave ditty
Of the wearifullest pity
Men have ever wrought;
Yet her years were long and painless,
All her lovers left her gainless,
Smiles she gave and grey eyes rainless,
Right good was her lot.

In her dim blue woollen cloaking
Slipped she through the May-dew's soaking,
Till her little hands fell knocking
Nigh the well-house stair;
In a hawthorn's light she pondered
While dark dew her gleam-feet laundered;
Paris knew not that she wandered,
So he did not care.

Helen was the dearest lady,
Woodbined with deep tresses shady,
Eyes a-calling, arms a-ready,
Ever stirred men's verse;
Yet the highest king to-day
Liefer with my hands would play,
And his mouth to mine would lay
Liefer than to hers.





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