Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET (14), by GEORGE SANTAYANA

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First Line: I reverence thy godhead and obey
Last Line: Whom I would follow now to tabor's peak.

I reverence thy godhead and obey
Bright Aphrodite, daughter of the sea.
Yet wherefore turn thy liquid eyes on me
Or lift thy body through the veiling spray?
What boots thy beauty on so sad a day,
Enslaver of men's love? My love is free
And my will nobler than my destiny.
I but salute thee, goddess, on my way.
Not by thy tidal waters do I seek
My spirit's rest nor in thy echoing cave.
The mountains call me that entice the brave.
For not in vain I heard another speak
In my ||pure|| youth, and followed to the grave
Whom I would follow now to Tabor's peak.

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