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A GIRL'S SONG IN THE WILDERNESS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I would not lose one joy nor grief
Last Line: Let us be kind before we die!
Subject(s): Love


I WOULD not lose one joy nor grief,
No boon that is the world's to give.
The flower and the fadino, leaf,
Love, let us take them while we live.
Love, let us take them while we live, --
The laughter and the hurrying kiss.
Ah, sweet, 't is all so fugitive,
Never again shall we have this.
They say there is a land, my dear,
Where there is honey, milk, and wine.
But there 's no road could lead me there
Unless thy lips bad matched with mine.
Unless thy lips had matched with mine,
If we bad lost a single kiss,
In Paradise we should repine.
Never again shall we have this.
In that fair land that smiles afar,
Grow laughing trees of merrier breed,
But where 's a glory, in what star,
Shaped like a coriander seed!
Shaped like a coriander seed!
Gather the manna, take the kiss.
To-morrow brings us more indeed,
Never again shall we have this!
So let us love and touch and kiss
And weep and part and dance and play,
Never again shall we have this
That is a rosy cloud by day!
That is a rosy cloud by day!
A fire at night along the sky!
Love, let us love while yet we may,
Let us be kind before we die!





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