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Rhymes A La Mode - Cameos - Sonnets from the Antique Post by :54085 Category :Poems Author :Andrew Lang Date :February 2012 Read :824

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Rhymes A La Mode - Cameos - Sonnets from the Antique

Cameos - Sonnets from the Antique

These versions from classical passages are pretty close to the original, except where compression was needed, as in the sonnets from Pausanias and Apuleius, or where, as in the case of fragments of AEschylus and Sophocles, a little expansion was required.

 

CAMEOS

 

The graver by Apollo's shrine,
Before the Gods had fled, would stand,
A shell or onyx in his hand,
To copy there the face divine,
Till earnest touches, line by line,
Had wrought the wonder of the land
Within a beryl's golden band,
Or on some fiery opal fine.
Ah! would that as some ancient ring
To us, on shell or stone, doth bring,
Art's marvels perished long ago,
So I, within the sonnet's space,
The large Hellenic lines might trace,
The statue in the cameo!

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