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Poor faun, who must expire,
Reflect me in your pupils.
Take my memory to dance
For my dark immortals.
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Go, and tell those pensive dead
For whom my pranks were a joy so rare,
I dream of them beneath the yews
Where I walk, petite and fair.
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Describe my air, my brow so vivid,
Bound by woollen bandelettes;
How firm my mouth is, fingers plump
And redolent of grass and privet.
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Tell them of my weightless moves
As various as the shadow play
That teeters through the living leaves
Innumerable in pearmen’s groves.
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You can include the lazy look
That slows my eyelids, almost sullen,
How I do my evening dance
In a dress the breeze has swollen.
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Whisper to them how I nap,
My bare arms folded underneath
My cheek, my skin with hint of gold
Admitting veins of violet.
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Say how sweet it is to see
My hair as blue as plums can be
And how each foot reflects the other,
How the moon invades each eye.
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And how, when dusk weighs sad and gloomy,
Cast down by the cool of springs
And aching for them and their love,
In vain I pull their shadows to me.

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Comtesse Anna de Noailles (1876-1933)
Painting by Philip de Lazlo, completed 1913. Translation by Anthony Howell

 

Had she been reading Andrew Marvell? The Nymph Complaining for the death of her Faun.
The original is below:

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2 Responses to Image

  1. Matthew Paul says:

    I really enjoyed this, Anthony.

    Like

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