Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MAQUILLAGE, by ARTHUR WILLIAM SYMONS



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First Line: The charm of rouge on fragile cheeks
Last Line: When weeping noon leads on the altered day.
Subject(s): Cosmetics


The charm of rouge on fragile cheeks,
Pearl-powder, and, about the eyes,
The dark and lustrous eastern dyes;
A voice of violets that speaks
Of perfumed hours of day, and doubtful night
Of alcoves curtained close against the light.

Gracile and creamy white and rose,
Complexioned like the flower of dawn,
Her fleeting colours are as those
That, from an April sky withdrawn,
Fade in a fragrant mist of tears away
When weeping noon leads on the altered day.





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