On receiving a picture of an Italian Countess

          Oh lovely semblance of a lovelier face!
             Upon thy classic contour as I gaze,
          My eager thought flies through dividing space;
             And to the living picture tribute pays.

          I see that brow with thought and goodness crowned,
             I see those eyes with deep affection shine;
          I hear the language from those sweet lips sound,
             By poets made immortal and divine.

          I would that I might follow my free thought,
             And see this gentle stranger face to face;
          For such fair spirits I have ever sought,
             And such would ever hold in my embrace.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.