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First Line: To brace the heart with words of sense and strength
Last Line: Like gulls that mourn above the midmost sea.


To brace the heart with words of sense and strength
Will dull the sharpness of a moment's pain,
But there's one cry that wrings the whole day's length:
That I shall never know your love again,
That I may wake no more that curious glow
Within your eyes, nor pass my finger-tips
Over your golden hair, nor ever know
The precious consummation of your lips.
I cannot lay these down in silence dumb!
For you are still the joy you found in me --
How can you sleep and never count the sum
Of sorrow up and down? You cannot see
My heart, an empty room where echoes come
Like gulls that mourn above the midmost sea.





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