Classic and Contemporary Poetry
HELEN TO MENELAUS, by LEXIE DEAN ROBERTSON Poet's Biography
First Line: But I am constant to you, dearest one
Last Line: My heart's true love is not spent with a kiss.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Passion
BUT I am constant to you, dearest one.
These lesser loves take not that which is yours.
(And should I bask forever in the sun
When through the dusk a golden moon allures?)
My heart is like a harp of many strings
That breathes a silver song to any touch
Of tender hand, but for the master sings
A deeper melody.
(And is that such
A crime as needs forgiving? Can the cup
Refuse the drink to him who pours the wine?)
Is your own brew less sweet because a sup
Was given alien lips that drank from mine?
I weep because I cannot teach you this:
My heart's true love is not spent with a kiss.
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