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ARIZONA SUMMER, by            
First Line: If then at last this ordeal shall be done
Last Line: Winter will be more kind than any lover.
Subject(s): Fire


If then at last this ordeal shall be done,
This test by fire, these javelin lights that splinter
The delicate mind, I will abhor the sun.
If ever I fell out of love with winter,
Now have I lived with summer to my fill,
And I am heartsick for the orchid shadows
The hemlocks cast on a December hill,
And for the snowdrifts on the river meadows.
When these, the desert and the drouth, are ended,
I will go homeward to the frozen brooks.
By the still hearth the dazed mind shall be mended,
And the long firelight play across my books.
Ah, then at last, the summer being over,
Winter will be more kind than any lover.





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