Vashti poem

Lascelles Abercrombie (1881–1938), a British poet aka“The Georgian Laureate,” wrote a 40-page poem entitled “Vashti” which contains the famous lines, spoken by Ahasuerus to Vashti, on women’s beauty:

What beauty is there, but thou makest it?

How is earth good to look on, woods and fields,

The season’s garden, and the courageous hills,

All this green raft of earth moored in the seas?

The manner of the sun to ride the air,

The stars God has imagined for the night?

What’s this behind them, that we cannot near,Secret still on the point of being blabbed,The ghost in the world that flies from being named?

Where do they get their beauty from, all these?

They do but glaze a lantern lit for man,

And woman’s beauty is the flame therein.