Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/Centaur and Woman

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The starlight wanes; with gentle warmth bedight,
The plain afar is smooth and endless shed
To where,—like to a stream of fiery red—
'Neath greenish skies a blood-hued streak gleams bright.

Calm. . . On the dew, hoofs' sudden, thunderous flight;
A shrill lament, that echoless has fled,
A horse's back, white arms in mist outspread,
And in the wind, a flood of tresses light.

O'er the fair head and body white as snow,
Whose girth a pair of swarthy arms enlace,
Another head, dark, bearded, is bent low.

A centaur, who a woman in embrace
Naked and swooning, bears at frenzied pace.
In mist they pass. . . The din fades . . Earth's aglow.

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