Morbidezza

Original Text: 

Arthur Symons, Poems, 2 vols. (London: William Heinemann, 1912): 23. Internet Archive.

1White girl, your flesh is lilies
2Under a frozen moon,
3So still is
4The rapture of your swoon
5Of whiteness, snow or lilies.
6Virginal in revealment,
7Your bosom's wavering slope,
8Concealment,
9In fainting heliotrope,
10Of whitest white's revealment,
11Is like a bed of lilies,
12A jealous-guarded row,
13Whose will is
14Simply chaste dreams: but oh,
15The alluring scent of lilies!
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
Data entry: Sharine Leung
RPO Edition: 
2012
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