Monday, February 06, 2006


Painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Romaine Lascaux,
Oil on canvas, 1864 Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
I watched the glory of her childhood change,
Half-sorrowful to find the child I knew,
(Loved long ago in lily-time),
Become a maid, mysterious and strange,
With fair, pure eyes - dear eyes, but not the eyes I knew
Of old, in the olden time!
Till on my doubting soul the ancient good
Of her dear childhood in the new disguise
Dawned, and I hastened to adore
The glory of her waking maidenhead,
And found the old tenderness within her deepening eyes,
But kinder than before
Poem by Ernest Dowson

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