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Lucrezia's Cadenza
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I shall prepare a sumptuous dinner
 1
and offer it to you.
 2
To start: one silver dish of oysters,
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fruits of a fathomless sea,
 4
for only you are worthy of
 5
such riches drawn from the deep
 6
 
 
Your seat will be covered in cloth
 7
of deepest damask rose,
 8
embroidered with silver lilies,
 9
sewn and scattered with pearls
 10
for you alone are worthy of
 11
a chair so fine and so rare.
 12
 
 
I shall pour wine into cut crystal glasses
 13
that shimmer and gleam
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in light from beeswax candles.
 15
There will be lacquered bowls
 16
of sweet-smelling petals,
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for only you deserve
 18
the favours of my table.
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Your food will be fit for a god,
 21
prepared with the touch of an angel,
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ambrosial and appetizing,
 23
spiced and seasoned with subtlest herbs ,
 24
for you alone are worthy of
 25
sweetmeats I can prepare.
 26
 
 
When all the feasting is done,
 27
you will lie on a blanket of sable
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in endless, dreamless sleep
 29
while I caress your ebony hair,
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for I alone have asked
 31
of my friend Vengeance if he too
 32
would grace my festive table.
 33

24 Dec 11

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It would be nice to see the pearls in L10 somehow tied in with the oysters in L3.  In L24, "the" should precede "subtlest" where it's a Superlative.  I like the way it's written; very proper, but with enough of a modern-day slant to lend to it a refreshing and contemporary feel.  :-)  
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