Astarte Syriaca

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

c.1828-c.1882

, Aesthetic painter, designer and poet

Astarte Syriaca

Syrian Astarte

183 x 106.7 cms | 72 x 42 ins
Oil on canvas

Manchester City Art Galleries

Manchester | United Kingdom

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 hearts to the spheres' dominant tune.

Torch-bearing, her sweet ministers compel
    All thrones of light beyond the sky and sea
    The witnesses of Beauty's face to be:
That face, of Love's all-penetrative spell
Amulet, talisman, and oracle, —
    Betwixt the sun and moon a mystery.

-- D. G. Rossetti