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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
453. Song
 
By Bayard Taylor
 
 
DAUGHTER of Egypt, veil thine eyes!
  I cannot bear their fire;
Nor will I touch with sacrifice
  Those altars of desire.
For they are flames that shun the day,        5
  And their unholy light
Is fed from natures gone astray
  In passion and in night.
 
The stars of Beauty and of Sin,
  They burn amid the dark,        10
Like beacons that to ruin win
  The fascinated bark.
Then veil their glow, lest I forswear
  The hopes thou canst not crown,
And in the black waves of thy hair        15
  My struggling manhood drown!
 

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