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First Line: Said the lion to the lioness - 'when you are amber dust'
Last Line: One.'
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


Said the Lion to the Lioness -- 'When you are amber
dust, --
No more a raging fire like the heat of the Sun
(No liking but all lust) --
Remember still the flowering of the amber blood and
bone

The rippling of bright muscles like a sea
Remember the rose-prickles of bright paws
Though we shall mate no more
Till the fire of that sun the heart and the moon-cold
bone are one.'
Said the Skeleton lying upon the sands of Time --
‘The great gold planet that is the mourning heat of
the Sun;
Is greater than all gold, more powerful
Than the tawny body of a Lion that fire consumes
Like all that grows or leaps . . . so is the heart
More powerful than all dust. Once I was Hercules
Or Samson, strong as the pillars of the seas:
But the flames of the heart consumed me, and the
mind
Is but a foolish wind.'

Said the Sun to the Moon -- 'When you are but a
lonely white crone,
And I, a dead King in my golden armour somewhere
in a dark wood,
Remember only this of our hopeless love
That never till Time is done
Will the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind be
one.'




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