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ON AGAIN SEEING THE MONA LISA, by            
First Line: Strange that some beauty we have seen before
Last Line: Tears in my eyes, and sweet pain in my heart.
Subject(s): Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519); Paintings And Painters


Strange that some beauty we have seen before
And oft enjoyed, when suddenly again
It strikes our eyes, brings with it sweetest pain,
While mystic beauty grips our hearts once more.
O Master, subtlest of the seers, who bore
Aloft Love's torch of beauty, nor in vain,
Through prejudice and envy and disdain,
Showered on men the treasures of thy lore;
What can I say, as suddenly the sight
Of thy dear Donna pierces like a dart,
Filling my heart with wonder and delight?
How shall I find fit words to praise thy art?
Mutely I bow before thy magic might,
Tears in my eyes, and sweet pain in my heart.





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