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SONG, FR. A VISION OF GIOGIONE: GEMMA'S SONG ON THE WATER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pale ilaria, beauty's daughter
Last Line: Lean down to meet that gleaming.


PALE Ilaria, Beauty's daughter,
Does your face beneath the water,
Glimmering darkly up between us,
Hint to you another Venus
Shaping there
From throat to hair
Swirling in the water?
Lo, my hand dissolves in foaming
All the wonder that was coming,
Yet I nearly caught her.

Dark Ilaria, why this dreaming,
Rings and fingers dipt and streaming?
Does your heart hold some reflection
Of a dawning dim perfection,
Eyes that hide
Under a tide
'Wildering and streaming?
Eyes not yours, that make replying,
Ever sinking, never dying?
Lean down to meet that gleaming.





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