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SONNETS OF MANHOOD: 31. A QUESTION, by            
First Line: And can he spread wide songful burning wings
Last Line: And living breath of all the inviolate sea?


And can he spread wide songful burning wings
And through the heavenly void thy spirit bear?
And can he twine soft love-flowers in thine hair,
Fresh with the pearly dew each new morn brings?
Can he do any or all of these glad things?—
And art thou unto him surpassing fair,—
And is thy touch as sweet as summer air
Circling the patient head of him who sings?

And can he bring thee in his arms the bliss
Of leaves and winds and seasons full of glee
And endless tender roses,—hath he this
Song-force of soul wherewith to encounter me?
And can he give thee through his lips the kiss
And living breath of all the inviolate sea?





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