Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/The Artist to the Woman
1. THE ARTIST TO THE WOMAN.
Thou art my harp! Beneath the spell I shed
Thou dost intone an anthem golden-strained,
And thou art all in harmony contained,
Of song the living spring and fountain-head.
I rule o'er thee! My heart is moved, and I
Unto thy beauty deathlessness bestow,
That noble spirits on their knees sink low,
Humbly ecstatic as thou soar'st on high.
Demon or angel thou art unto me,—
This know: a lotus-flower or frenzy's fount,
Where I in thirst and potent yearning turn.
O thou, my ruler and my slave!—with thee
Unto the shrine of the ideal I mount,
That thou may'st live, my heart thereon I burn.