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From Ballou's Pictorial, (Boston) Vol. 8, No. 8 (24 February 1855).

        [Written for Ballou's Pictorial.]


(The following verses, from an anonymous author, are gracefully written, and have the playful fancy of Moore or Hoffman.)

Venus, gazing in the water,
    Craved the picture shadowed there;
Phoebus heard the wish, and brought her
    Speedy answer to her prayer.

Violet rays her face reflected
    On his burnished silver shield;
Mercury touched it, and, perfected,
    Every feature stood revealed.

Forehead, eyes, and tresses flowing
    O'er a neck divinely fair;
Cheeks, in radiant beauty glowing.—
    All were brightly pictured there.

Thoughts, her secret soul revealing;
    Pleasure, sparkling in her eye;
Smiles, that round her lips were stealing.
    Full of magic witchery;

Grace,—expression,—and whatever
    Made that face so animate;—
All were caught and fixed forever,
    Truthful—life-like, on the plate.

                                F. A. F.

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