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“Sitalkas” was published in Des Imagistes: An Anthology, edited by Ezra Pound (A. & C. Boni, 1914).


Thou art come at length
More beautiful
Than any cool god
In a chamber under
Lycia's far coast,
Than any high god
Who touches us not
Here in the seeded grass.
Aye, than Argestes
Scattering the broken leaves.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

H. D.

H. D.

Born in 1886, Hilda Doolittle was one of the leaders of the Imagist movement.

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Will you glimmer on the sea?	
Will you fling your spear-head	
On the shore?	
What note shall we pitch?	
We have a song,	        
On the bank we share our arrows—	
The loosed string tells our note:	
O flight,	
Bring her swiftly to our song.	
She is great,	        
We measure her by the pine-trees.
You are as gold 
as the half-ripe grain 
that merges to gold again, 
as white as the white rain 
that beats through 
the half-opened flowers 
of the great flower tufts 
thick on the black limbs 
of an Illyrian apple bough.

  Can honey distill such fragrance 
As your bright hair—
For your face is as fair as rain

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