Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TWO LIVES. PART 1: 13, by WILLIAM ELLERY LEONARD



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TWO LIVES. PART 1: 13, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: New warnings came: secure in her new life
Last Line: (though hid awhile), as for the moth the flame.


New Warnings came: secure in her new life,
She told me of her olden search for death
Thrice thwarted by her father, when with breath
Thrice choked in foamy agony of strife
Under the summer waters off our pier,
Thrice had she felt his hand on matted hair,
Been thrice recalled, as he put forth a hand
Over the gunwale, to love and longer here
Among the living, with love not anywhere --
Thrice in the years ere I had come inland.
Yes, from her story a new Warning came
Of impulse ineradicable and sure:
And Death to her was still a shining lure
(Though hid awhile), as for the moth the flame.





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