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REPEATED PILGRIMAGE, by            
First Line: Return and go again and yet return!
Last Line: Would rise to parch my throat -- and I would flee.
Subject(s): Pilgrimages & Pilgrims


Return and go again and yet return!
No stealthy steps will startle these sad trees
To whisper love, no ambush set will snare
Her tender words lost on a jealous breeze.

Regard the violet, the green, the stone!
This scene suffices memory, this glade
Repeats the stage that knew my ecstasy
Which neither time nor reason has betrayed.

Here, here was happiness; the seasons' rains
Have sunk into the moss and wrought no change,
Nor has my love despaired of years that show
My dearest wish impoverished and strange.

Such constancy, whose hope took root in stone,
At last is disciplined in pain, nor past,
Nor measured now in wild protests of years
Sore levied for old debts too few hours massed.

Were then this denser bush to part and pass
The woman she became -- or should now be --
Something distilled in immortality
Would rise to parch my throat -- and I would flee.





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