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First Line: The forces that control the paths of storms
Last Line: To temper their sublime severity


The forces that control the paths of storms
Have taken me and hurled me down the ways
Where now, with certainty and least delays,
I must translate the purpose that performs
The laws of destiny for worlds and men.
So I have come tonight to meet your lips
And pour ambition to your fingertips
That there may be unrest where peace has been.
The thing is done in spite of me -- believe
This strange deception is not consonant
With my compassion for your loyalty.
Because I soon must break your heart I grieve
As winds and rains might, being impotent
To temper their sublime severity





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