Saturday, July 20, 2013

Come, dearest - Paul the Silentiary, 575-580 AD

Idyll - William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1851

Come, dearest, cast these silly veils away 
That half thy glory hide, 
And show they naked body to the day, 
And boldly be my bride

Let nothing be between us; even this
Thin tissue thou hast on
Is thicker than the wall Semiramis
Built around Babylon

Then breast to breast and lip to lip we'll lie, 
And all I have not sung
We'll whisper to ourselves, for you and I
Abhor a babbling tongue... 

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