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First Line: Thou art perfected splendor without the / peacock's feet
Last Line: With the cunning of a blow-pipe may bring thy beauty down.
Subject(s): Beauty; Birds; Heaven; Paradise


THOU art perfected splendor without the peacock's feet,
And only the manna-dew of heaven thou dost eat,
Bird of many colors, kinsman to the dawn,
Richer in rare hues than the iris heaven-drawn!
But sad it is to think that any ruthless clown
With the cunning of a blow-pipe may bring thy beauty down.





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