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LILIES: 25. THY LOVE-SERVICE, by            
First Line: Thou art like some sweet queen who gives her heart
Last Line: Thou hast served servants. Thou shalt gladden kings!


Thou art like some sweet queen who gives her heart
To zealous Psyche-service for a time,
Till she shall gather wings and growth sublime
And upwards towards the ancestral high heaven start!
Mine endlessly, unceasingly, thou art,
For I have kissed thee in some ancient clime
And circled thee with immemorial rhyme;
In truth our spirits never were apart.

But now to this love-service thou art doomed,
Though mine thou art in the inmost depth of things.
Yet perhaps through this thy resurrection-wings,
Glittering with dew, God's hand hath disentombed!
Whiter and whiter hath my blossom bloomed:—
Thou hast served servants. Thou shalt gladden kings!





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