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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Arthur Symons. 1865–
 
43. Modern Beauty
 
I AM the torch, she saith, and what to me 
If the moth die of me? I am the flame 
Of Beauty, and I burn that all may see 
Beauty, and I have neither joy nor shame, 
But live with that clear light of perfect fire         5
Which is to men the death of their desire. 
  
I am Yseult and Helen, I have seen 
Troy burn, and the most loving knight lie dead. 
The world has been my mirror, time has been 
My breath upon the glass; and men have said,  10
Age after age, in rapture and despair, 
Love's poor few words, before my image there. 
  
I live, and am immortal; in my eyes 
The sorrow of the world, and on my lips 
The joy of life, mingle to make me wise;  15
Yet now the day is darkened with eclipse: 
Who is there still lives for beauty? Still am I 
The torch, but where's the moth that still dares die? 
 
 
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