Marguerite A. Power (1815?–1867) was a poet, novelist and travel writer. She also wrote a memoir of her aunt, Marguerite, countess of Blessington. Virginia’s Hand was a book-length poem that was influenced by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh.
from Virginia’s Hand
Canto I – Opening
In one who worships Beauty in all forms
The sight is quickened, learns to penetrate
Through all disguises, sees the self-same soul
Pervading, more or less, a million types
Oft varied in their semblance, as the shapes
Of Aphrodite and the loathsome hag,
The laidly Ladye of the chronicle.
Thence spring great joys, wondrous discoveries,
Strong sympathies, rare instincts, hints as strange,
Analogies, suggestions, liftings up
Though for a moment only, of the veil
Between the known and the yet unrevealed.
Would this were all — the only consequence
Of quickened vision; but in this wide world,
This wondrous world, where everything begins
And nothing ends, — this workshop, where we all
Must serve a stern apprenticeship to God,
Or else to Satan — which requires less pains, â€”
The good and evil are as closely mixt
As were the grains the jealous Paphian queen
Bid Psyche separate ere Hesper rose.