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30. Aug 2006

Astarte Syriaca



     Mystery: lo! betwixt the sun and moon
     Astarte of the Syrians: Venus Queen
     Ere Aphrodite was. In silver sheen
     Her twofold girdle clasps the infinite boon
     Of bliss whereof the heaven and earth commune:
     And from her neck's inclining flower-stem lean
     Love-freighted lips and absolute eyes that wean
     The pulse of hearts to the spheres' dominant tune.

     Torch-bearing her sweet ministers compel
     All thrones of light beyond the sky and sea
     The witness of Beauty's face to be:
     That face, of Love's all-penetrative spell
     Amulet, talisman, and oracle,—
     Betwixt the sun and moon a mystery.
Billede og tekst af Dante Gabriel Rosetti (1828-1882).