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LOVER'S LAMENT, by            
First Line: I clasp you close and feel your arms entwine
Last Line: It would be kinder far to tell me so.
Subject(s): Hearts; Lament; Love; Relationships


I clasp you close and feel your arms entwine
About my neck in sweet responsiveness.
You rest against my heart—mine, wholly mine—
For just the moment of one swift caress.
And then I feel you slip away from me
The you of you, which goes, I know not where,
And I am left caressing futilely
The lovely self which you have ceased to wear.

Where do you go? I sometimes think you hide
Within another's heart. Then comes the fear
That you have ceased to love me yet have tried
To spare me pain of heart. But oh, my dear,
If I have lost you, surely you must know
It would be kinder far to tell me so.





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