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Faintheart

Amid Arcady's sylvan groves(where once I gazed
Upon such luminous  and alabaster grace
By her  immortal beauty raptly drawn and dazed
As she turned and  gently raised  up her elfin face.
Like Aphrodite  from the foam she rose and shone
With eager rivulets caressing ev'ry curve
Boldly  her willing  body   yielded to  the sun
While  capricious Eros' dart smote me deep with love.
In that balmy dawn, birds all hushed in reverence,
Her glistening charms held so deeply  me in thrall
Through the glade wafted her  flowery  fresh fragrance
So that  I could barely stifle my lovesick call.
My satyr spirit begged me to Priapus play
But caution bade me remain withdrawn and  hidden
If only I had known that this moment's  delay  
Would my great  good  fortune diminish , unbidden.
Then still she stayed,a startled fawn just before flight
As her skittish  glance turned towards where I was stood
'Twas then Actaeon's fate rose before me with fright
So I shrank e'er deeper into the shadowed wood
Lest vengeful Artemis let loose her hounds of hate.
But then coyly  slipped away my shy shepherdess
As I stayed in fear  transfixed and saw much  too late
Her glide through the trees with  a  flutter from her dress)
I  wander alone aye  haunted by this vision
While there fiercely  burns in my heart a crippling ache
From which there can be no respite nor  remission
That even Bethesda's waters would never  slake.





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  1. Date: 5/23/2015 3:01:00 AM

    DENIS, thank you for sharing, it was a delight to read. **SKAT**

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