Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WHOM THE GODS LOVE, by AMELIA JOSEPHINE BURR

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WHOM THE GODS LOVE, by                
First Line: Give me thy youth, give me thy urgent youth
Last Line: Give me thy life.
Subject(s): Life

GIVE me thy youth, give me thy urgent youth;
Thy youth to me, who know not youth nor age.
For those who serve me I have little ruth;
My flaying scourge shall be thine only wage,
And yet I call thee from the easy way
Knowing, despite thy fear, thou wilt obey.
Give me thy youth.

GIVE me thy heart, give me thy passionate heart;
Thy heart to me, who know not love nor hate.
Thy flesh may be a garment rent apart,
Thy soul may shiver bare and desolate,
But though the snug hearth beckon thy desire,
Me thou shalt follow from the lesser fire.
Give me thy heart.

GIVE me thy life, no less -- thy human life;
Thy life to me who know not death nor birth,
And I will give thee hungering and strife,
The empty praise and mockery of earth,
And at the last I will give thee, even I,
One boon supreme -- the readiness to die.
Give me thy life.

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