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A WISH, by            
First Line: I would that we had won of love
Last Line: The secret of our smile.
Subject(s): Love

I WOULD that we had won of love
More than the little coin thereof,
And all the rest had flung away
The gain supreme to keep;
I would that we might understand
All that in Eden God first planned,
Ere ever men had learned to slay
Or women learned to weep.
But ah, that visions cannot last --
That perfect moments fade so fast,
And men to pettiness return
Who spoke with God erstwhile!
I would that we lay side by side
And that the curious moonbeams pried
In vain at our closed lids to learn
The secret of our smile.

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