• Pre-Raphaelite Poems

    Astarte Syriaca

    Astarte Syriaca (painting and poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti) Mystery: lo! betwixt the sun and moon Astarte of the Syrians: Venus Queen Ere Aphrodite was. In silver sheen Her twofold girdle clasps the infinite boon Of bliss whereof the heaven and earth commune: And from her neck’s inclining flower-stem lean Love-freighted lips and absolute eyes that wean The pulse of…