Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNETS OF MANHOOD: 42. 'GRECIAN AND ENGLISH', by GEORGE BARLOW (1847-1913)

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First Line: Am I a pagan? Am I set at nought
Last Line: Grecian and english,—and as both divine.

Am I a Pagan? Am I set at nought
Because I worship here in English air
The Goddess whom Keats' fancy found so fair,—
The Paphian Venus whom his genius brought
Hither, and whom with homage deep he sought?
The English breeze is sweeter for her hair
Outspread upon it; and our roses rare
Tints of the Goddess' amorous cheeks have caught.

Her light of beauty is upon our hills:
She haunts our Isis, and her sweet eyes shine
On sun-kissed ripples of our Northern rills,
And her white limbs repose 'neath birch and pine,
And our grey waves with marvellous foot she thrills,
Grecian and English,—and as both divine.

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