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SEVEN SAD SONNETS: 3. THE WANDERING ONE, by            
First Line: While he to whom her vexing thoughts still clung
Last Line: Before another came that love was not.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


While he to whom her vexing thoughts still clung
Went wearily philandering on his way:
He tried them slightly worn, he tried them young,
He tried them sorrowful, he tried them gay.

He said, and thought, he had not loved before;
He shrined a picture on his memory-shelf;
And as each loved one left his closing door
He took grave counsel with his puzzled self:

There is no love. We for a moment stand
And hold at bay inevitable pain,
Aghast and passionate, hand in eager hand,
Before we face our loneliness again.

Perhaps he made a rhyme; but quite forgot
Before another came that love was not.





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