Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PAN IN WINTER, by BENJAMIN FRANCIS MUSSER

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PAN IN WINTER, by            
First Line: Yours is a pretty gesture to dismiss
Last Line: And I shall warm you with a glowing verse.
Subject(s): Acropolis Of Athens; Arcadians; Mythology - Classical; Pan (mythology); Arcadia

Yours is a pretty gesture, to dismiss
Habiliments of luxury, to trill
Your wind-reeds down a vale of daffodil
Beneath the Athenian Acropolis;
With gamboling flocks, in your bucolic bliss
Of Arcady you rule the woods, until
My thought intrudes -- within what cave of hill
Do you defy the blast of boreal hiss?
I cannot tolerate the cruel idea
That your nude breast must meet a wintry wind,
Your dancing hoofs be numb, and ice coerce
Your song-lips' hush. For Pan a panacea! --
Come to my hearthstone when you are snowblind,
And I shall warm you with a glowing verse.

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