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First Line: Spare me from seeing, goddess, by my bed
Last Line: Close unto everlasting night mine eyes.
Subject(s): Life; Love; Time; Youth


SPARE me from seeing, goddess, by my bed
When comes the dark hour of the final blow,
Tardy Time cut without regret or woe
A long life's lingering and importunate thread.

Arm rather Love who long desired me dead,
And would his stab supreme might wound me so,
That from the heart he hated forth would flow
My mortal blood staining the earth with red.

But no! At eve let me have vision there
Of my blithe youth, naked and still and fair
And letting rose-leaves upon water drift!

Then I shall hear the fountain's farewell sighs
And without need of sword or arrow swift
Close unto everlasting night mine eyes.





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