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SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE: 34, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: With the same heart, I said, I'll answer thee
Last Line: That no child's foot could run fast as this blood.
Subject(s): Names; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


WITH the same heart, I said, I'll answer thee
As those, when thou shalt call me by my name --
Lo, the vain promise! is the same, the same,
Perplexed and ruffled by life's strategy?
When called before, I told how hastily
I dropped my flowers or brake off from a game,
To run and answer with the smile that came
At play last moment, and went on with me
Through my obedience. When I answer now,
I drop a grave thought, break from solitude;
Yet still my heart goes to thee -- ponder how --
Not as to a single good, but all my good!
Lay thy hand on it, best one, and allow
That no child's foot could run fast as this blood.





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