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First Line: Last night, beloved, I saw thee in a dream
Last Line: Through space afar—not time's, but love's sublime.
Subject(s): Beauty; Love; Worship

Last night, Beloved, I saw thee in a dream,
With tears of wistful wonder in thine eyes,
Unfolded petals, pearled with silvery sheen,
All tender, mystic, luminous of Love's skies.
Adown from stars to night-wrapt hidden things,
Thine ebon locks and breath, like incensewings,
In soft confusion intertwined my soul.

Deep longing, clinging glance to tremorous roll,
In subtle scents of Moorish paradise,
Strange emotions, frantic mad desire—
A ray of bliss, a kiss akin to fire!
Then all my secrets grew defined in shape,
To worship thee, for just great Worship's sake.

Closer pressed we in serene ascension,
Twining hair, alluring arms, in blushing wake
Up-burning in the glowing halls of Passion.
Veined rich through marble tints before my sight,
'Mid shadows' lengths of languor unrestained,
I watched thy Beauty yield with fond delight.
From olden years, so long ago now waned,
I heard thy sweetest music—e'er unsate:
Eternal were we twain therein combined
Through space afar—not Time's, but Love's sublime.

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