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First Line: As some pale shade in glorious battle slain
Last Line: With sighs and tenderness, but no regret.
Subject(s): Memory; Passion

AS SOME pale shade in glorious battle slain,
On beds of rue, beside the silent streams,
Recalls outworn delights in happy dreams;
The play of oars upon the flashing main,
The speed of runners and the swelling vein,
And toil in pleasant upland field that teems
With vine and gadding gourd — until he seems
To feel wan memories of the sun again
And scent the vineyard slopes when dawn is wet,
But feels no ache within his loosened knees
To join the runners where the course is set,
Nor smite the billows of the fruitless seas —
So I recall our day of passion yet,
With sighs and tenderness, but no regret.

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