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First Line: Because the shadows deepen'd verily
Last Line: Take thou the heart with the heart's paradise.

BECAUSE the shadows deepen'd verily, --
Because the end of all seem'd near, forsooth, --
Her gracious spirit, ever quick to ruth,
Had pity on her bond-slave, even on me.
She came in with the twilight noiselessly,
Fair as a rose, immaculate as Truth;
She lean'd above my wreck'd and wasted youth;
I felt her presence, which I could not see.
"God keep you, my poor friend," I heard her say;
And then she kiss'd my dry, hot lips and eyes.
Kiss thou the next kiss, quiet Death, I pray;
Be instant on this hour, and so surprise
My spirit while the vision seems to stay;
Take thou the heart with the heart's Paradise.

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