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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 3. SUMMER HEAT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sun burning down on back and loins, penetrating the skin
Last Line: In savage play and amorous despite.
Subject(s): Love; Passion; Summer


SUN burning down on back and loins, penetrating the skin, bathing their
flanks in sweat,
Where they lie naked on the warm ground, and the erns arch over them,
Out in the woods, and the sweet scent of fir-needles
Blends with the fragrant nearness of their bodies;

In-armed together, murmuring, talking,
Drunk with wine of Eros' lips,
Hourlong, while the great wind rushes in the branches,
And the blue above lies deep beyond the fern-fronds and fir-tips;

Till, with the midday sun, fierce scorching, smiting,
Up from their woodland lair they leap, and smite,
And strike with wands, and wrestle, and bruise each other,
In savage play and amorous despite.





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