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THE PATH OF TEARS: 7. THE SLAYER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Love, if at dawn some passer-by should say
Last Line: "with the swift spear of grief."
Subject(s): Grief; Love; Tears; Sorrow; Sadness


LOVE, if at dawn some passer-by should say,
"Lo! doth thy garment drip with morning dew?
Thy face perchance is drenched with cold sea-spray,
Thy hair with fallen rain?"
Make answer: "Nay,
These be the death-drops from sad eyes I slew
With the quick torch of pain."

And if at dusk a reveller should cry,
"What rare vermilion vintage hast thou spilled,
Or is thy robe splashed with the glowing dye
Of some bruised crimson leaf?"
O Love reply:
"These be the life-drops of a heart I killed
With the swift spear of grief."





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