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To Zante (Sonnet — To Zante)

1. To Zante (Sonnet — To Zante)

Fair isle, that from the fairest of all flowers, 

Thy gentlest of all gentle names dost take! 

How many memories of what radiant hours 

At sight of thee and thine at once awake! 

How many scenes of what departed bliss! 

How many thoughts of what entombéd hopes! 

How many visions of a maiden that is 

No more — no more upon thy verdant slopes! 

No more! alas, that magical sad sound 

Transforming all! Thy charms shall please no more — 

Thy memory no more! Accurséd ground 

Henceforth I hold thy flower-enamelled shore, 

O hyacinthine isle! O purple Zante! 

 “Isola d’oro! Fior di Levante!” 


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