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First Line: The lake comes throbbing in with voice of pain
Last Line: This rain of spray that blows about my face.
Alternate Author Name(s): Campbell, W. W.
Subject(s): Lakes; Pools; Ponds


THE lake comes throbbing in with voice of pain
Across these flats, athwart the sunset's glow,
I see her face, I know her voice again,
Her lips, her breath, O God, as long ago.

To live the sweet past over I would fain,
As lives the day in the red sunset's fire,
That all these wild, wan marshlands now would stain,
With the dawn's memories, loves and flushed desire.

I call her back across the vanished years,
Nor vain -- a white-armed phantom fills her place;
Its eyes the wind-blown sunset fires, its tears
This rain of spray that blows about my face.





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