YOUR BEAUTY IS AS TIMELESS AS THE EARTH
by: Arthur Davison Ficke
- OUR beauty
is as timeless as the earth;
All storied women meet rebloomed in you:--
Yet with some element of later birth,
Some savor strange, some light troubling and new.
You were not possible until to-day;
For in your soul the risen Celtic wind
Breathes audible; and tragic shadows grey
From dark Norwegian winters tinge your mind.
The longing of young painters who have been
Lemans of beauty, and grown faint thereby,--
The fierce unrest of toilers who have seen
Life as a cage of steam-shot agony,--
All weave around you, in the burning Now,
A lure undreamed on Helen's Phidian brow.
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"Your Beauty is as Timeless
as the Earth" is reprinted from Sonnets of a Portrait-Painter.
Arthur Davison Ficke. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1914.