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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Sonnets. St. John at Patmos. I. “What be his dreams”

William Alexander (1824–1911)

WHAT be his dreams in Patmos? O’er the seas

Looks he toward Athens, where the very fall

Of Grecian sunlight is Platonical?

Or, peradventure, towards the Cyclades,

The Delian earth-star, ray’d with laurel trees—

From ribbon’d baskets where Demeter threw

Flowers the colour of the country blue

Oat-garlanded in Pares—or where bees

Humming o’er Amalthæa, who fed Zeus

With goat-milk, goldenly the forest starr’d,

While rosy purple apples full of juice

Laugh’d in the grassy horn—where, Naxosward,

Flush’d Dyonysus, driven o’er the brine,

Ivied the mast, and cream’d the crimson wine.