Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EROS: 4, by HILDA DOOLITTLE

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EROS: 4, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Could eros be kept
Last Line: That he left us.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Variant Title(s): Fragment Forty-two: 2
Subject(s): Bible; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy

Could Eros be kept,
he was prisoned long since
and sick with imprisonment,
could Eros be kept,
others would have taken him
and crushed out his life.

Could Eros be kept,
we had sinned against the great god,
we too might have prisoned him outright.

Could Eros be kept,
nay, thank him and the bright goddess
that he left us.

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