Thomas Bailey Aldrich

(November 11, 1836 – March 19, 1907 / Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

Andromeda - Poem by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The smooth-worn coin and threadbare classic phrase
Of Grecian myths that did beguile my youth,
Beguile me not as in the olden days:
I think more grief and beauty dwell with truth.
Andromeda, in fetters by the sea,
Star-pale with anguish till young Perseus came,
Less moves me with her suffering than she,
The slim girl figure fettered to dark shame,
That nightly haunts the park, there, like a shade,
Trailing her wretchedness from street to street.
See where she passes -- neither wife nor maid;
How all mere fiction crumbles at her feet!
Here is woe's self, and not the mask of woe:
A legend's shadow shall not move you so!

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  • Tom Allport (1/18/2017 5:00:00 AM)

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    the truth will always be free of dark shadows? (Report) Reply

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  • (11/7/2015 4:57:00 AM)

    I think more grief and beauty dwell with truth.

    beautifull poem about the power of real experience, more and more needed today!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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