Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OCTAVES: 15, by EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON

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First Line: I grant you friendship is a royal thing
Last Line: Befriends us with a wizard's enmity.
Subject(s): Friendship

We lack the courage to be where we are: --
We love too much to travel on old roads,
To triumph on old fields; we love too much
To consecrate the magic of dead things,
And yieldingly to linger by long walls
Of ruin, where the ruinous moonlight
That sheds a lying glory on old stones
Befriends us with a wizard's enmity.

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