Selene II

As a gift he sang a shepherd’s tune
intent to see her pallor blush,
but it was a song praising gilded noon
and she bid him cease, be still, to hush.
That gossamer goddess with starry eyes
and crowned with the twin-horned crescent moon
resented his love of sunny skies,
yet offered him a godly boon.
She said, “Lay your head here in my arms
and be at peace upon my breast
and you shall know beguiling charms
that will open the most precious chest.”
And so he laid and learned the songs
that would open a woman’s heart,
but her revenge against his petty wrongs
was her love, for he could never depart.

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