Astarte Syriaca

Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828 (London) – 1882 (Birchington-on-Sea)



MYSTERY: lo! betwixt the sun and moon
Astarte of the Syrians: Venus Queen
Ere Aphrodite was. In silver sheen
Her twofold girdle clasps the infinite boon
Of bliss whereof the heaven and earth commune:
And from her neck's inclining flower-stem lean
Love-freighted lips and absolute eyes that wean
The pulse of hearts to the spheres' dominant tune.
Torch-bearing, her sweet ministers compel
All thrones of light beyond the sky and sea
The witnesses of Beauty's face to be:
That face, of Love's all-penetrative spell
Amulet, talisman, and oracle,—
Betwixt the sun and moon a mystery.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 588
Words 98
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14

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