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First Line: Shall I know thee when thou art changed and glad?
Last Line: And I shall know the tremble in thy voice.


Shall I know thee when thou art changed and glad?
Or wilt thou, if thou diest, wander far
From me thy poet towards some alien star,
That I, in heaven, may even there be sad?—
Oh, shall I see the swift wheels of thy car
Of glory traversing some distant sky?
If that be so, 'tis then that I shall die,
Finding how weak death's other arrows are!

Or wilt thou be so changed that I shall gaze
And know thee not, and seek in vain to mark
Some far-off semblance of earth's tender ways?
'Twill hardly be so, though Fate's paths are dark.
But, if I know thee not, say, "Love, rejoice!"
And I shall know the tremble in thy voice.





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