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Reminiscences of William Wetmore Story, American Author and Sculptor, Being Incidents and Anecdotes Chronologically Arranged Together with An Account of his Associations with Famous People and His Principal Works in Literature and Sculpture

CHICAGO AND NEW YORK: RAND, MCNALLY & COMPANY.


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230 REMINISCENCES OF W. W. STORY. MARCUS ANTONINUS.

What is honor, prudence, interest,

To the wild strength of Love? Oh, best of life, My joy, hope, triumph, glory, my soul's wife, My Cleopatra ! I desire thee so

That all restraint to the wild winds I throw. . . . When I think of her My soul within my body is astir!

My wild blood pulses, and my hot cheeks glow; Love with its madness overwhelms me so — Oh, for the breath of Egypt! The soft nights Of the voluptuous East. The dear delights — Oh, for the wine my queen alone can pour From her rich nature ! Let me starve no more On this weak tepid drink that never warms My life blood; but away with shams and forms! Away with Rome! One hour in Egypt's eyes Is worth a score of Roman centuries.

... Tell her till I see

Those eyes I do not live—that Rome to me

Is hateful—tell her—Oh! I know not what—That every thought and feeling, space and spot Is like an ugly dream, where is she not. CLEOPATRA.

DEDICATED TO J. L. M.

Here, Charmian, take my bracelets,

They bar with a purple stain

My arms; turn over the pillows

They are hot where I have lain; Open the lattice wider,

A gauze o'er my bosom throw, And let me inhale the odors

That o'er the garden blow.



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