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First Line: There is a sort of love / that boasts not
Last Line: For love's sustaining glow.
Subject(s): Love


There is a sort of love
That boasts not; neither does it wear
Disguised as love, the glove
Of subtle hate, unreasoned fear
Of man possessed by man.

Another sort there is
That feigning love, pretends to swell
The heart in passioned bliss,
"They loved not wisely but too well."
Its tragic epigram.

Let's tear aside the veil
Of jumbled speech. This life may mean
A much or less of Hell
Or Heaven, as you will. I've been
In both, so I should know.

So if I, thinking, praise thee
And, thoughtful, choose thy gloried ways
As wherewithal to raise me,
Know then that hate has left my days
For love's sustaining glow.





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