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HOLY SATYR, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Most holy satyr
Last Line: Answering note for note.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Flowers; Gifts & Giving; Goats

MOST holy Satyr,
like a goat,
with horns and hooves
to match thy coat
of russet brown,
I make leaf-circlets
and a crown of honey-flowers
for thy throat;
where the amber petals
drip to ivory,
I cut and slip
each stiffened petal
in the rift
of carven petal:
honey horn
has wed the bright
virgin petal of the white
flower cluster: lip to lip
let them whisper,
let them lilt, quivering:

Most holy Satyr,
like a goat,
hear this our song,
accept our leaves,
return our hymn;
like echo fling
a sweet song,
answering note for note.

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