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THE PATH OF TEARS: 4. LOVE'S GUERDON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fierce were the wounds you struck me, o my love
Last Line: Crowned in a lonely rapture of renown.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Pain; Relationships; Suffering; Misery


FIERCE were the wounds you struck me, O my Love,
And bitter were the blows! ...
Sweeter from your dear hands all suffering
Than rich love-tokens other comrades bring
Of crimson oleander and of rose.

Cold was your cruel laughter, O my Love,
And cruel were your words! ...
Sweeter such harshness on your lips than all
Love-orisons from tender lips that fall,
And soft love-music of chakora-birds.

You plucked my heart and broke it, O my Love,
And bleeding, flung it down! ...
Sweeter to die thus trodden of your feet,
Than reign apart upon an ivory seat
Crowned in a lonely rapture of renown.





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