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First Line: Unearthly beauty of soft light persuadeth
Last Line: Who, named aloud, was lost forevermore.


UNEARTHLY beauty of soft light persuadeth
This castle, which to shadows did belong;
And through its farthest vaults sweet, mellow song
The silence of my wintry halls upbraideth;
Gently as saffron dawn that smiling fadeth
The sable, yielding hours, these search along;
And with them souls of roses dead—faint throng
Of odors of old years that all-pervadeth.
Lady, this thing I speak not—do not fear it.
'T were more than friendship, yet no better name
Dares my most grateful heart's allegiance claim
Lest this, as I do think, be brother-spirit
To him, swan-brought to Brabant's castled shore,
Who, named aloud, was lost forevermore.





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