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THE GATE OF DELIGHT: 3. ECSTASY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let spring illume the western hills with blossoming / brands of fire
Last Line: Swept o'er the flood-gates of my life to drown my waiting heart!
Subject(s): Flowers; Hearts; Love; Passion; Spring


LET spring illume the western hills with blossoming brands of fire,
And awake with rods of budded flame the valleys of the south—
But I have plucked you, O miraculous Flower of my desire,
And crushed between my lips the burning petals of your mouth!

Let spring unbind upon the breeze tresses of rich perfume
To lure the purple honey-bees to their enchanted death—
But sweeter madness drives my soul to swift and sweeter doom
For I have drunk the deep, delicious nectar of your breath!

Let spring unlock the melodies of fountain and of flood,
And teach the wingèd wind of man to mock the wild bird's art,
But wilder music thrilled me when the rivers of your blood
Swept o'er the flood-gates of my life to drown my waiting heart!





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