THE world is poorer, Italy's fair child,"The Lost Gioconda" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in The Unconquered Air (1912).
Lacking the face
That for so long its heart beguiled;
Nor hopeth to replace
With all its riches multiplied,
Thee, eloquent, alone, art-glorified!
But somewhere, Mona Lisa! quietly,
With folded hands,
And in thine eye's soft mockery
The look that understands,
Thou wearest, lost to us the while,
Thine own inscrutable, unaging smile!
|Vacant spot where the Mona Lisa was displayed in the Salle Carré, Louvre Museum.|
The Century Magazine (February 1914)