The Hidden Goddess

By George Sterling

Thou hast been human ever. None the less,
    It seemed a captive radiance in thee slept,
    Not all of earth—a mystic light that leapt
Within thine eyes, which could not all suppress
Their heavenly betrayal, nor confess
    What spirit stirred within their deeps and kept
    Angelic wardenship of tears unwept—
A subtle, wild and starry loveliness.

Sweet, thou dost lift my soul to breathless heights.
    Some beauty once I cherished, but thou hast
Been moon of unimaginable nights.
        Beauty I knew, but how could I know thee?
    For, till their eyes behold its waves at last,
        The desert-born imagine not the sea.


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