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THE AVENUE, by                
First Line: Calm summer eves that once did hide
Last Line: The kisses of their old desire.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cognac Merchant; Novelist
Subject(s): Desire; Man-woman Relationships; Maple Trees; Male-female Relations

CALM summer eves that once did hide
The loving bliss of man and maid,
Have kept their sweetness sanctified
Beneath the mingled maple shade.

And under the dim leafy arc
That heard their vows so fond and fain,
It seems as though we still may hark
Dead lovers ope their lips again.

The mysteries they babble low
Stir strange discomfort in the breast
Of those that solitary go
With ancient dreams all laid to rest.

And slowly they seek open air
Where beams still set the boughs afire,
Like agéd crones that quake to hear
The kisses of their old desire.

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