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THE SANCTUARY: 2. THE ILLUSION OF LOVE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beloved, you may be as all men say
Last Line: The very vision of god's dwelling-place.
Subject(s): Fate; Future Life; Hearts; Love; Destiny; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


BELOVED, you may be as all men say
Only a transient spark
Of flickering flame set in a lamp of clay—
I care not ... since you kindle all my dark
With the immortal lustres of the day.

And as all men deem, dearest, you may be
Only a common shell
Chance-winnowed by the sea-winds from the sea—
I care not ... since you make most audible
The subtle murmurs of eternity.

And tho' you are, like men of mortal race,
Only a hapless thing
That Death may mar and destiny efface—
I care not ... since unto my heart you bring
The very vision of God's dwelling-place.





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