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AMOR SEMPITERNUS, by            
First Line: When first I found thee, ruth, I thought: 'how rare!'
Last Line: Remembering a chaos of caresses.
Subject(s): Desire; Love; Luck; Marriage; Passion; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

WHEN first I found thee, Ruth, I thought: "How rare!"
As one with quiet pleasure may behold
A wildwood flower her fairy leaves unfold
Because a herald zephyr lingered there.
After a new adventure: "She had an air
Of mirth and mischief;" then—"With how controlled
And clear a vision she views the stars untold!"
Last, on a sudden: "God, how she is fair!"

When was the mystery that made thee mine?
What moment married us,—the first surprise?
The summing of thy linkéd lovelinesses?
Or the pang of passionate hope, desire divine? ...
Ah none! We looked each other in the eyes,
Remembering a Chaos of caresses.

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