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First Line: Admit the ruse to fix and name her chaste
Last Line: Another man will tell you what she was.
Alternate Author Name(s): Holden, Raymond, Mrs.


Admit the ruse to fix and name her chaste
With those who sleep the spring through, one and one,
Cool nights, when laurel builds up, without haste,
Its precise flower, like a pentagon.

In her obedient breast, all that ran free
You thought to bind, like echoes in a shell.
At the year's end, you promised, it would be
The unstrung leaves, and not her heart, that fell.

So the year broke and vanished on the screen
You cast about her; summer went to haws;
This, by your leave, is what she should have been.
Another man will tell you what she was.





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