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SONNETS OF MANHOOD: 30. CHRIST AND WOMAN, by            
First Line: Nor shalt thou hold our women. Their grey eyes
Last Line: Thou rulest not the land of oak and pine.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Women


Nor shalt thou hold our women. Their grey eyes,
Filled with the grey shine of the sea that stems
Our shore and all the golden sand-line hems,
Smile at thy visions of blue deathless skies.—
Rest thou content at home if thou be wise,
And bathe white feet in Jordan, not in Thames;
And seek the heavenly rubied diadems,
But not the crowns our womanhood supplies.

No great pure English woman-heart is thine.—
Thou hast thy maidens,—and they are most fair,
With Eastern brown eyes and the Eastern hair,
Born in the sultry land of fig and vine:
Thou art the rightful lord and ruler there:
Thou rulest not the land of oak and pine.





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