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THE RETURN, by            
First Line: I have come back to the lonely house tonight
Last Line: Of the ripe grapes of the arbor over my head.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


I have come back to the lonely house tonight,
Stumbling in the darkness over the obstacles there,
I have gone over to the open window
And have sat down in a chair.

Am I quite alone? Somewhere across the world,
Does some one pity me my gloomy dole?
The pride and the sorrow of being solitary
Weigh heavily to-night upon my soul.

Yet I have given my heart. Perhaps too often!
I have cheapened its favors, have too widely strewed.
The women, the friends, who one time may have known it,
Are right, perhaps, to feel no gratitude.

If I have ill bestowed my vine's green fruit
No one shall suffer for it in my stead;
But I crave pardon of those who might be worthy
Of the ripe grapes of the arbor over my head.





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