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THE PATH OF TEARS: 3. THE MENACE OF LOVE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: How long, o love, shall ruthless pride avail you
Last Line: As you lie spent and broken at my feet!
Subject(s): Grief; Hearts; Love; Sorrow; Sadness


HOW long, O Love, shall ruthless pride avail you
Or wisdom shield you with her gracious wing,
When the sharp winds of memory shall assail you
In all the poignant malice of the spring?

All the sealed anguish of my blood shall taunt you
In the rich menace of red-flowering trees;
The yearning sorrow of my voice shall haunt you
In the low wailing of the midnight seas.

The tumult of your own wild heart shall smite you
With strong and sleepless pinions of desire,
The subtle hunger in your veins shall bite you
With swift and unrelenting fangs of fire.

When youth and spring and passion shall betray you
And mock your proud rebellion with defeat,
God knows, O Love, if I shall save or slay you
As you lie spent and broken at my feet!





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