Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE SULTANA, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH

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First Line: In the draperies' purple gloom
Last Line: With her sumptuous disgrace!
Subject(s): Women

IN the draperies' purple gloom,
In the gilded chamber she stands,
I catch a glimpse of her bosom's bloom,
And the white of her jewelled hands.

Each wandering wind that blows
By the lattice, seems to bear
From her parted lips the scent of the rose,
And the jasmine from her hair.

Her dark-browed odalisques lean
To the fountain's feathery rain,
And a paroquet, by the broidered screen,
Dangles its silvery chain.

But pallid, luminous, cold,
Like a phantom she fills the place,
Sick to the heart, in that cage of gold,
With her sumptuous disgrace!

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