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TO MISS D.T.; ON HER GIVING ME A DRAWING OF LITTLE STREET ARABS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: As, cleansed of tiber's and oblivion's slime
Last Line: And beauty's best in unregarded things.
Subject(s): Friendship; Gifts & Giving


As, cleansed of Tiber's and Oblivion's slime,
Glow Farnesina's vaults with shapes again
That dreamed some exiled artist from his pain
Back to his Athens and the Muse's clime,
So these world-orphaned waifs of Want and Crime,
Purged by Art's absolution from the stain
Of the polluting city-flood, regain
Ideal grace secure from taint of time.
An Attic frieze you give, a pictured song;
For as with words the poet paints, for you
The happy pencil at its labor sings,
Stealing his privilege, nor does him wrong,
Beneath the false discovering the true,
And Beauty's best in unregarded things.





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