(notes by Roberta Baldi. We are grateful for additional notes and comments from Alastair Wilson)
Whoe'er she be—Weygandt is not very impressed by Kipling's poem:
That not impossible She
That shall command my heart and me:
Kipling does not specify the kind of goddess he would like, and his form is Swinburnian rather than Crashawian, but the similarity of thought remains. In this case, however, Kipling's workmanship is very unworthy of his predecessor...Kipling and his readers
Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill, and said, Ye men of Athens … as I passed by … I found an altar with this inscription, To the unknown God'[Lines 1-2] Will you conquer my heart with your beauty...Shall I fall to your hand as a victim. This is one of the typical warfare-related conceits of the love poetry of Petrarch and Wyatt, and continues in line 6.