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First Line: Call me not, love, unthankful or unkind
Last Line: The free gift only cometh of the free.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Owen; Lytton, 1st Earl Of; Lytton, Robert
Subject(s): Love

CALL me not, Love, unthankful or unkind,
That I have left my heart with thee, and fled.
I were not worth that wealth which I resigned,
Had I not chosen poverty instead.
Grant me but solitude! I dare not swerve
From my soul's law, -- a slave, though serving thee.
I but forbear more grandly to deserve:
The free gift only cometh of the free.

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