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THE WATERS OF LETHE, by            
First Line: I will of the waters of that stream
Last Line: And calm forever my deep distress.
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Love


I WILL of the waters of that stream
Which borders on the Elysian shore;
Lethe shall now efface my dream
And love shall trouble me no more.

When the young god first ambushed me
I was not Wisdom's wary child,
Past his air-castles I could not see,
And all day long I dreamed and smiled.

Now I have traveled the rocky path,
The long, hard road he led me through,
Stamped on my face is the pallor of wrath,
And the bitterness I learned from you.

Therefore, I drink of the fabled stream,
The waters of sweet forgetfulness;
Lethe shall wipe out the old dream
And calm forever my deep distress.





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