Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ANGEL OR WOMAN, by THOMAS PARNELL

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ANGEL OR WOMAN, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: When thy beauty appears
Last Line: But still be a woman to you!
Variant Title(s): Song
Subject(s): Beauty; Innocence; Love

WHEN thy beauty appears
In its graces and airs
All bright as an angel new dropped from the sky,
At distance I gaze, and am awed by my fears,
So strangely you dazzle my eye!

But when without art,
Your kind thoughts you impart,
When your love runs in blushes through every vein;
When it darts from your eyes, when it pants in your heart,
Then I know you're a woman again.

There's a passion and pride
In our sex (she replied),
And thus, might I gratify both, I would do;
Still an angel appear to each lover beside,
But still be a woman to you!

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