Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AFFINITES: 1, by MATHILDE BLIND

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AFFINITES: 1, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I will take your thoughts to my heart
Last Line: To fashion your manhood at last!
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Love

I will take your thoughts to my heart;
I will keep and garner them there
Locked in a casket apart.
Far above rubies or rare
Pearls from the prodigal deep,
Which men stake their lives on to find,
And women their beauty to keep,
I will treasure the pearls of your mind.

How long has it taken the earth
To crystallize gems in a mine?
How long was the sea giving birth
To her pearls, washed in bitterest brine?

What sorrows, what struggles, what fierce
Endeavour of lives in the past,
Hearts tempered by fire and tears,
To fashion your manhood at last!

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