Thursday, February 5, 2015

1d8 Gems from a Decadent Wizard's Hoard

By way of “What the Sonnet Is” by Eugene Lee-Hamilton (1894)

1.  Fourteen small broidered berries on the hem
     Of Circe’s mantle, each of magic gold;         
2.  Fourteen of lone Calypso’s tears that rolled  
     Into the sea, for pearls to come of them;       
3.  Fourteen clear signs of omen in the gem               
     With which Medea human fate foretold;      
4.  Fourteen small drops, which Faustus, growing old,  
     Craved of the Fiend, to water Life’s dry stem.         
5.  It is the pure white diamond Dante brought 
     To Beatrice; (6.) the sapphire Laura wore        
     When Petrarch cut it sparkling out of thought;         
7.  The ruby Shakespeare hewed from his heart’s core;  
8.  The dark, deep emerald that Rossetti wrought          
     For his own soul, to wear for evermore.

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