Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO A FRIEND, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE

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TO A FRIEND, by            
First Line: I sometimes wonder if the hand of fate
Last Line: I only wish to live and learn of you!
Subject(s): Friendship

I SOMETIMES wonder if the hand of Fate
Caused you to come my way with eager eyes,
Who knows? — and it is folly to debate —
Did I your presence there through long hours wait?
I only know you came, and then the skies
Took on the crimson tints of Paradise,
And when, reluctant, from your side I turned,
I found new hope, new life within me rise
And all my dead past's soul awoke and burned
To pass up through your heart's fair palace gate!

Forgive me, dear, till now I never knew
The heights and depths of that which we call time,
But thou hast taught my soul that broader view
Which sweeps the world —but not the heart of you,
And these my fears — that only in the clime
Of other realms where we shall know the chime
Of these strange discords in our hearts of clay,
Shall I with you, Beloved, find perfect rhyme!
Till then, here the kingdom of the day
I only wish to live and learn of you!

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