Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BETHINK THEE!, by ANNA BUNSTON DE BARY

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BETHINK THEE!, by            
First Line: Ere thou begin to love, choose well the school
Last Line: Or be thy psyche's immortality?
Subject(s): Desire; Love

"Wonder it is to see in diverse minds
How diversely love doth his pageants play."

ERE thou begin to love, choose well the school
Wherein to graduate, the fitting rule.
For wilt thou love with traitors who forswore
Themselves at Argos and at Elsinore,—
Set sword and serpent and the funeral pyre
For milestones on the road of thy desire?
Wilt thou infect thy passionate lips and breath,
And be the cup that holds thy Juliet's death?
Condemn to rosemary and asphodel
A Sigismonde or gentle Isabelle?
Wilt thou, with Paris, set a world at strife,
Or give, with Perseus and Alcestis, life?—
With Orpheus half redeem Eurydice
Or be thy Psyche's immortality?

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