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SONNET TO GEORGE SAND: 1. A RECOGNITION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: True genius, but true woman! Dost deny
Last Line: Where unincarnate spirits purely aspire.
Variant Title(s): George Sand;a Recognition;to George Sand, A Recognition
Subject(s): Sand, George (1804-1876); Dupin, Amanda. Baronne Dudevant


TRUE genius, but true woman! dost deny
Thy woman's nature with a manly scorn,
And break away the gauds and armlets worn
By weaker women in captivity?
Ah, vain denial! that revolted cry
Is sobbed in by a woman's voice forlorn;
Thy woman's hair, my sister, all unshorn,
Floats back dishevelled strength in agony.
Disproving thy man's name; and while before
The world thou burnest in a poet-fire,
We see thy woman-heart beat evermore
Through the large flame. Beat purer, heart, and
higher,
Till God unsex thee on the heavenly shore,
Where unincarnate spirits purely aspire.




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