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SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE: 26, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I lived with visions for my company
Last Line: Because god's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
Subject(s): Spiritual Life; Women & Religion


I LIVED with visions for my company
Instead of men and women, years ago,
And found them gentle mates, nor thought to know
A sweeter music than they played to me.
But soon their trailing purple was not free
Of this world's dust, their lutes did silent grow,
And I myself grew faint and blind below
Their vanishing eyes. Then THOU didst come -- to be,
Beloved, what they seemed. Their shining fronts,
Their songs, their splendors (better, yet the same,
As river-water hallowed into fonts),
Met in thee, and from out thee overcame
My soul with satisfaction of all wants:
Because God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.





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