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THE PATH OF TEARS: 1. THE SORROW OF LOVE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why did you turn your face away?
Last Line: Or the thrall of the old desire?
Subject(s): Death; Desire; Hearts; Love; Memory; Old Age; Dead, The


WHY did you turn your face away?
Was it for grief or fear
Your strength would fail or your pride grow weak,
If you touched my hand, if you heard me speak,
After a life-long year?

Why did you turn your face away?
Was it for love or hate?
Or the spell of that wild miraculous hour
That hurled our souls with relentless power
In the eddying fires of Fate?

Turn not your face from me, O Love!
Shall Sorrow or Death conspire
To set our suffering spirits free
From the passionate bondage of Memory
Or the thrall of the old desire?





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