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TWO LIVES. PART 1: 17, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pretending we'd been married long and long
Last Line: To this our city of the fair-and-well.


Pretending we'd been married long and long . . .
Was it some subtle feeling that she'd striven
To conjure Time beyond what Time had given,
Or was to give, that suddenly choked my song? --
Or was't that whosoever with keen nerve
Too closely stares upon that charmed brink,
The gliding shimmer of that green downward curve,
Is wooed from all tomorrows, as to sink
One with the waters? . . . But I broke the spell
Before I plunged . . . said nothing . . . yet 'twas then
Came horror, as to the House of Mirth, again --
As when she told me of her prayer in Hell . . .
That night we rode into the West-of-men,
To this our city of the Fair-and-well.





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