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Short poem

Adela Florence Nicolson Cory (1865-1904)

The Net of Memory

              1I cast the Net of Memory,
              2Man's torment and delight,
              3Over the level Sands of Youth
              4That lay serenely bright,
              5Their tranquil gold at times submerged
              6In the Spring Tides of Love's Delight.

              7The Net brought up, in silver gleams,
              8Forgotten truth and fancies fair:
              9Like opal shells, small happy facts
            10Within the Net entangled were
            11With the red coral of his lips,
            12The waving seaweed of his hair.

            13We were so young; he was so fair.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Laurence Hope, Last Poems: Translations from the Book of Indian Love (New York: John Lane, 1912): 13. PR 6027 I37L3 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1905
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2001
Recent editing: 1:2002/10/4

Rhyme: abcbdb efgfhf f

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