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THE HOUSE OF LIFE: 91. LOST ON BOTH SIDES, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: As when two men have loved a woman well
Last Line: Its bye-streets, knocking at the dusty inns.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Hope; Success; Optimism

As WHEN two men have loved a woman well,
Each hating each, through Love's and Death's deceit;
Since not for either this stark marriage-sheet
And the long pauses of this wedding-bell;
Yet o'er her grave the night and day dispel
At last their feud forlorn, with cold and heat;
Nor other than dear friends to death may fleet
The two lives left that most of her can tell:--

So separate hopes, which in a soul had wooed
The one same Peace, strove with each other long,
And Peace before their faces perished since:
So through that soul, in restless brotherhood,
They roam together now, and wind among
Its bye-streets, knocking at the dusty inns.

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