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Going for a Song, by Bevis Hillier - extract

An Anthology of Poems about Antiques, <em>compiled and introduced by Bevis Hillier</em>

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

20 September 2014

9:00 AM


On the Bust of Helen by Canova

In this beloved marble view,
Above the works and thought of man
What nature could and would not, do,
And beauty and Canova can!
Beyond imagination’s power
Beyond the Bard’s defeated art,
With immortality her dower
Behold the Helen of the heart!

— George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)

Precious Stones

My Cherrystones! I prize them,
No tongue can tell how much!
Each lady caller eyes them,
And madly longs to touch!
At eve I lift them down, I look
Upon them, and I cry;
Recalling how my Prince ‘partook’
(Sweet word) of cherry pie!

— Charles Stuart Calverly (1831–84)

A Glass Collection

Today I had a big surprise
Uncle left me eight glass eyes.

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