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THE BALLET RUSSE, by            
First Line: The overture begins the spell
Last Line: To heights beyond the ken of words.
Subject(s): Ballet; Dancing & Dancers

The overture begins the spell,
Alluring music weird and wild
As winds upon the tartar steppes,
As witches' wails with fagots piled
All ready for the torch to set,
Is poured into the waiting air
To float as purple hazes do
About the sunlight's golden hair.

The dance begins, lithe bodies wreathe
With symmetry in pirouettes.
Enthralling spectacle of souls
In throes of love and vain regrets.
Incredible, unreal they float
Through Persian harems like wild birds,
Through strange Egyptian temples then
To heights beyond the ken of words.

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