Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WHEN LOVE GROWS COLD, by LUMAN R. BOWDISH

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WHEN LOVE GROWS COLD, by            
First Line: When a twinkling star slowly pales
Last Line: And sad be his fate, if his love grows cold.
Subject(s): Cold

When a twinkling star slowly pales,
And moonlight sprites in halos hide;
When cicadas pipe more pensive tales,
And toads in trees the moonbeams chide;
When gardens fair seem strewn with stones,
And peace upon no zephyr floats;
When night winds lose their mellow tones
To gruffly voice discordant notes --
'Tis but our minds in mirage control;
We image thus when love grows cold.

When the heart you thought was deep and true
Shows only greed for what you'll give,
A tragic khamsin comes swift to you;
The love flowers droop and cease to live.
So suffers the soul with inward pain
When those we hold in high esteem
Break strands of faith for earthly gain
And leave us to wake from blighted dream.
The flowery copse and verdant wold
Are arid sand when love grows cold.

Man sought for joy through ages of old,
Worshipped the sun and idols mute,
Silvered his armor, lined temples with gold,
Found Hesperian apples but bitterest fruit;
Then Love incarnate set up a cross
Illumined for guidance through error's black night.
Now, safe is the pathway -- no danger of loss --
Full joy for the pilgrim who follows the light;
But clouds of vain hope his soul will enfold,
And sad be his fate, if his love grows cold.

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