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First Line: Love is a shield to hold against the dark
Last Line: If I may have your love I shall have all.
Subject(s): Light


Love is a shield to hold against the dark,
A fire to warm me, shelter from the night;
A lamp forever burning, and the spark,
The eternal spark that keeps the flame alight.
Love is the merchandise not bought or sold,
The gift, self-giving, counting not the price;
The deep-embedded vein of hidden gold
Refined in crucibles of sacrifice.
If I may have your love to keep beside me,
To hold inviolate, a precious thing,
If I may have its steady light to guide me,
It will not matter what the years may bring,
Nor what the years may take beyond recall.
If I may have your love I shall have all.





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