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SONNETS OF MANHOOD: 3. BEAUTY UNLOOKED FOR, by            
First Line: Not sweeter was the breast of venus white
Last Line: Where silver ripples chime on english shore.
Subject(s): Beauty


Not sweeter was the breast of Venus white,
Or bloom of Helen, soft in Grecian air,
Or outpoured glory of the coal-black hair
That maddened Antony with fierce delight,
Than beauty bursting forth to sudden sight
Within our streets, and making fog-banks fair.
Not all our London dreariest mists impair
The glory of mist-piercing glances bright.

One may meet Daphne or a Grecian maid
By Thames, within some oak or beechen glade:
One may find Psyche 'mid the wild streets' roar.
Or, seeking not so pure and sweet a form,
Clasp suddenly the breast of Venus warm
Where silver ripples chime on English shore.





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