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And to the wide-embracing air expands.
Husht the wild throbbings of her votive lyre ;
The victim offer'd and the chalice shed,
Yet, girt by symbols of her high estate,
Amid the still, pale columns issuing forth
A sybil in divining robes array'd,
Like faultless statue, kindled into life,
She crown'd the vista from the pass below.

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There, sombre loom'd, in slabs of giant girth,
The rock-hewn flight, whose shadowy degrees
Led upward to the portal of the Fane.
And there, far stretching tow'rds the dim expanse,
Marshall’d in stately line or serried group,
The sculptur'd forms of hero and of muse,
Poet and warrior, demigods and men,

Mute worshippers for aye, without the Shrine.

Yet Mortal or Immortal cluster'd there,

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Stamps on its fadeless, flawless imag’ry, As blocks unchisell’d show'd, by the lithe form Of her who seem'd to float 'twixt earth and heay'n, Bright with self-brightness and a sunset ray. Blue were her eyes, as when the soft west wind Winnows the sapphires of Ægæan seas. True to the impress of the Temple’s god Her brow of genius bore the quick’ning seal ; Flasht from the current of heroic veins Her lip inspir’d with richest crimson glow'd; And in her breast, beneath the heaving snows, Well’d living springs of melody and love. She, fairest blossom nurst on Grecian shores, Ere to the altar vow'd and dedicate, That from the centre of this lower world,

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Points sunward, and upheaves from lucid fires

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for aye, without the Shrine.

All gracious odours to the son of Zeus,
As drifts the incense-cloud through cloudless skies.

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There tranquil the unresting Splendour roll'd Dinting with ruby wheels the purple way.

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And languid, weary, craving for repose

In the wild tumult of her soul within,

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Dione gaz'd upon the darkling plain.
No more exultant, rapt, inviolate
To sight or sound that stirs the natural sense
With kindred touches or of hope or fear,
As when upon the golden tripos thron’d,
Dead to the motions of the world without,
Her spirit nears the living Oracle,
And reflex glory from her presence streams.
With fitful step, all else around serene,
Her white, unsandall'd feet the marble press'd,
Leaving the imprint of a phantom-cloud
And her white robes transparent, tremulous
Like vapour on the breath of ev'ning sway'd,

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As with swift hands the fillet she unbound

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Sought she with it life's rev’rence to forswear,

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And break its fetters of endurance vain ?

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Encircled there by whisp’ring memories, Heard she in thought, as in a waking dream, The anthems of the waves, that homeward bound Toss the bright shingle on her native isle ; And children's voices ringing on the shore, Or the soft piping of the tuneful reed Calling the glad Nymphs to the citron glade ; She once the pride of all that glitt'ring throng? Or saw she, parted from the mazy ring, Like blossoms dropping from some pleachèd bow'r, Each plighted pair, with love's own aureole crown'd, Communing, lip to lip and hand in hand ? Felt she then, all too late, that life and light Still find in woman's heart supply and source As man, her demigod, or serves or reigns ?

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The inborn aspirations and desires
Of her, the Priestess ; in her high estate,
Brought nigh by sacred rite and act supreme
To the great gods, and to the souls of men.

Still, in the twilight dimly visible,
The ghostly twilight of the day's decline, -
Carv'd cunningly on walls made eloquent,
The mystic legend of the Temple-faith, -

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Above, beneath, and all around,

Graven, as if with spear of adamant,

On Parian frieze and Phrygian canopy,

Stampt with an impress ineffaceable,
O’er all the vastness of the solemn pile.
From the white stone that tops its summit high,
Where mimic eagles grasp the binding chains,
To the white pavement of its lowliest hold,

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