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First Line: When the flaming lute-thronged angelic door is wide
Last Line: Lilies of death-pale hope, roses of passionate dream.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): Passion


When the flaming lute-thronged angelic door is wide;
When an immortal passion breathes in mortal clay;
Our hearts endure the scourge, the plaited thorns, the way
Crowded with bitter faces, the wounds in palm and side,
The hyssop-heavy sponge, the flowers by Kidron stream;
We will bend down and loosen our hair over you,
That it may drop faint perfume, and be heavy with dew,
Lilies of death-pale hope, roses of passionate dream.





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