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The art of alma-tadema

There is no song his colours cannot sing,
 For all his art breathes melody, and tunes
The fine, keen beauty that his brushes bring
 To murmuring marbles and to golden Junes.

The music of those marbles you can hear
 In every crevice, where the deep green stains
Have sunken when the grey days of the year
 Spilled leisurely their warm, incessant rains

That, lingering, forget to leave the ledge,
 But drenched into the seams, amid the hush
Of ages, leaving but the silent pledge
 To waken to the wonder of his brush.

And at the Master's touch the marbles leap
 To life, the creamy onyx and the skins
Of copper-coloured leopards, and the deep,
 Cool basins where the whispering water wins

Reflections from the gold and glowing sun,
 And tints from warm, sweet human flesh, for fair
And subtly lithe and beautiful, leans one--
 A goddess with a wealth of tawny hair.

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Emily Pauline Johnson

Emily Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake commonly known as E Pauline Johnson or just Pauline Johnson was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century Pauline Johnson was notable for her poems and performances that celebrated her aboriginal heritage One such poem is the frequently anthologized The Song My Paddle Sings Her poetry was published in Canada the United States and Great Britain Johnson was one of a generation of widely read writers who began to define a Canadian national literature more…

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