Was this his coming! I had hoped to see
A scene of wondrous glory, as was told

Of some great God who a rain of gold

Broke open bars and fell on Danae:

Or a dread vision as when Semele
Sickening for love and unappeased desire

Prayed to see God’s clear body, and the fire

Caught her white limbs and slew her utterly:

With such glad dreams I sought this holy place,
And now with wondering eyes and heart I stand

Before this supreme mystery of Love:

A kneeling girl with passionless pale face,
An angel with a lily in his hand,

And over both with outstretched wings the Dove.

Oscar Wilde, from Rosa Mystica, 1881

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