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LESBOS.

LESBOS.

Mother of Latin sports and Greek delights.
 Where kisses languishing or pleasureful,
 Warm as the suns, as the water-melons cool,
Adorn the glorious days and sleepless nights.
Mother of Latin sports and Greek delights.


Lesbos, where kisses are as waterfalls
 That fearless into gulfs unfathom'd leap,
Now run with sobs, now slip with gentle brawls,
 Stormy and secret, manifold and deep;
Lesbos, where kisses are as waterfalls!