Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOVE AND FAME, by EDWARD GEORGE EARLE LYTTON BULWER-LYTTON

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First Line: It was the may when I was born
Last Line: In death may gain the other.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bulwer, Edward; Lytton Of Knebworth, 1st Baron; Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer, Lord
Subject(s): Fame; Life; Love; Reputation

IT was the May when I was born,
Soft moonlight through the casement stream d,
And still, as it were yester-morn,
I dream the dream I dream'd.
I saw two forms from Fairy Land,
Along the moonbeams gently glide,
Until they halted, hand in hand,
My infant couch beside.

With smiles, the cradle bending o'er,
I heard their whispered voices breathe --
The one a crown of diamond wore,
The one a myrtle wreath:
"Twin brothers from the better clime,
A poet's spell hath lured to thee;
Say which shall, in the coming time,
Thy chosen fairy be?"

I stretch'd my hand, as if my grasp
Could snatch the toy from either brow;
And found a leaf within my clasp,
One leaf -- as fragrant now!
If both in life may not be won,
Be mine, at least, the gentler brother-
For he whose life deserves the one,
In death may gain the other.

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