Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOVE'S APPEAL, by CHARLES V. H. ROBERTS



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LOVE'S APPEAL, by            
First Line: In vain, in vain, I try to tell thee, dear, / my love
Last Line: Will quench the fire that once was love divine.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Passion


In vain, in vain, I try to tell thee, dear,
My love.
I choose the sweetest words, that e'er were writ
Above
The notes of cadenced harmonies to thrill
Thy heart,—
Attune the tend'rest measures of my soul
Apart
From this great world of waste and pain, so dreary,
Dark
With hates and greeds and blaze of war.

In vain, in vain, I try to tell thee, dear,
Through tears
That drip from eyes at night, wearied and sad
With fears
That thy forgotten love, in arms rebelled
May die;
Erewhile when ills and sorrows, moist regrets
Are nigh
To thee, this bleeding heart in veins of Hate
May cry,
In memories of those raptures, vain entreaties,
Woes,
Then burn itself in torturing flames 'til Death's
Last throes
Will quench the fire that once was Love divine.





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