BETA

XXXIII.

THE MEDICEAN VENUS.

Woman divine ! fair child of Grecian seas,1
Whose sunny billows gird the Cyclades ;2
Within all modest, wanting outward dress,3
Thou fillest this new time with loveliness,4
And seem’st, with head half-turned and earnest soul,5
To hear afar thy natal waters roll.6
Young joy of human hearts ! the earth to me7
Is fairer now, because containing thee.8