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LILIES: 7. BEHIND, by            
First Line: Behind it all - the anger and the flame
Last Line: Sweet love that tarries patient: love that bleeds.


Behind it all—the anger and the flame
That leapt upon thee—there is, could'st thou see,
The loving inner changeless soul of me,
Unshaken,—clear for ever in its aim.
I love thee,—and so I hate eternally
Each smallness foreign to thy nature true:
Just as I welcome every blossom new
Of thought or heart; each growth of being's tree.

Behind it all,—O thou whom I adore
Enough to "crucify"—as thou didst say,—
There is the love that changes never more;
The soul of yearning thou canst never slay:—
Strength that would help thee; prayer that intercedes;
Sweet love that tarries patient: love that bleeds.





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