I.

A DEDICATION.

TAKE these rhymes into thy grace,
Since they are of thy begetting,
Lady, that dost make each place
Where thou art a jewel’s setting.
Some such glamour lend this Book:
Let it be thy poet’s wages
That henceforth thy gracious look
Lies reflected on its pages.

II.

PILLAR’D ARCH AND SCULPTURED TOWER.

PILLAR’D arch and sculptured tower
Of Ilium have had their hour;
The dust of many a king is blown
On the winds from zone to zone ;
Many a warrior sleeps unknown.
Time and Death hold each in thrall,
Yet is Love the lord of all;
Still does Helen’s beauty stir
Because a poet sang of her !
Thomas Bailey Aldrich.