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A DREAM, AFTER READING DANTE'S EPISODE OF PAULO & FRANCESCA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: As hermes once took to his feathers light
Last Line: I floated with, about that melancholy storm.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: On A Dream
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)


As Hermes once took to his feathers light,
When lulled Argus, baffled, swoon'd and slept,
So on a Delphic reed, my idle spright
So play'd, so charm'd, so conquer'd, so bereft
The dragon-world of all its hundred eyes;
And, seeing it asleep, so fled away--
Not to pure Ida with its snow-cold skies,
Nor unto Tempe where Jove griev'd a day;
But to that second circle of sad hell,
Where 'mid the gust, the whirlwind, and the flaw
Of rain and hail-stones, lovers need not tell
Their sorrows. Pale were the sweet lips I saw,
Pale were the lips I kiss'd, and fair the form
I floated with, about that melancholy storm.





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