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Madonna Mia (Author: Oscar Wilde)
- 1] A lily-girl, not made for this world's pain,
2] With brown, soft hair close braided by her ears,
3] And longing eyes half veiled by slumberous tears
4] Like bluest water seen through mists of rain:
5] Pale cheeks whereon no love hath left its stain,
6] Red underlip drawn in for fear of love,
7] And white throat, whiter than the silvered dove,
8] Through whose wan marble creeps one purple vein.
- 9] Yet, though my lips shall praise her without cease,
10] Even to kiss her feet I am not bold,
11] Being o'ershadowed by the wings of awe.
12] Like Dante, when he stood with Beatrice
13] Beneath the flaming Lion's breast, and saw
14] The seventh Crystal, and the Stair of Gold.