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With an end somewhere undescried.”
No fear! - or if a fear be born
This minute, it dies out in scorn.
Fear? I shall see her in three days
And one night, now the nights are short,
Then just two hours, and that is morn.

"Clasp my heart on thine

Now unblamed, Since upon thy soul as well

Hangeth mine!”

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Never any more,

While I live,
Need I hope to see his face

As before.
Once his love grown chill,

Mine may strive:
Bitterly we re-embrace,

Single still.
Was it something said,

Something done,
Vexed him? Was it touch of hand,

Turn of head?
Strange! that very way

Love begun:
I as little understand

Love's decay.
When I sewed or drew,

I recall
How he looked as if I sung,

Sweetly too.
If I spoke a word,

First of all
Up his cheek the color sprung,

Then he heard.

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Sitting by my side,

At my feet,
So he breathed but air I breathed, -

Satisfied!
I, too, at love's brim

Touched the sweet:
I would die if death bequeathed

Sweet to him.

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"Speak, I love thee best!"

He exclaimed: "Let thy love my own foretell!"

I confessed:

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Be sure that each renewed the vow,
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And leave them then as it left them now.

Which hovered, as dreams do, still above:
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But next day passed, and next day yet, One day, as the lady saw her youth
With still fresh cause to wait one day Depart; and the silver thread that streaked

Her hair; and, worn by the serpent's Ere each leaped over the parapet.

tooth, And still, love's brief morning The brow

so puckered, the chin wore,

peaked With a gentle start, half smile, half sigh, And wondered who the woman was, They found love not as it seemed before.

Hollow-eyed and haggard-cheeked,

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