Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, APHRODITE'S TEMPLE, by GEORGE SANTAYANA

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First Line: The murmured awe
Last Line: Whom I called father once.
Subject(s): Aphrodite; Temples

The murmured awe
Of thousands filled the temple's pillared gloom;
They gazed upon my changeless smile and saw
My flowering bosom like the lotus-bloom
Pale in the myriad lamps' uncertain sheen.
I breathed upon them and they bowed the head;
I fetched my breath, and their rapt spirit's balm
I drank like wind. They loved and they are dead,
But I remember them. So farewell King,
Whom I called Father once.

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