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First Line: O love! My foolish heart and eyes
Last Line: And you the mystic pang of death.
Subject(s): Death; Hearts; Love; Memory; Dead, The

O LOVE! my foolish heart and eyes
Have lost all knowledge save of you,
And everywhere—in blowing skies
And flowering earth—I find anew
The changing glory of your face
The myriad symbols of your grace.

To my enraptured sight you are
Sovereign and sweet reality,
The splendour of the morning star,
The might and music of the sea,
The subtle fragrance of the spring,
Rich fruit of all Time's harvesting.

O Love! my foolish soul and sense
Have lost all vision save of you,
My sacred fount of sustenance
From which my spirit drinks anew
Sorrow and solace, hope and power
From life to life and hour to hour.

O poignant sword! O priceless crown,
O temple of my woe and bliss!
All pain is compassed by your frown,
All joy is centred in your kiss.
You are the substance of my breath
And you the mystic pang of Death.

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