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RIVALS, by            
First Line: Oh, well, I know you think you love but me
Last Line: But oh, my dear, if you should know the sea!
Subject(s): Fidelity; Faithfulness; Constancy


Oh, well, I know you think you love but me
And hold your vow of faithfulness is true;
But I am woman-wise, and I can see
What rival I may fear in mist and who
Of Spring's loose daughters with their mouths of musk
Are dangerous. Last night I saw you far
Up on the lonely hillside wooing dusk
And holding dubious traffic with a star....

There is that witch-tree in the wood -- oh, yes,
I heard her whispering all the afternoon ...
And I have seen the furtive wind's caress,
And your face hid in long hair of the moon ...
Oh, well, I know you think you love but me --
But oh, my dear, if you should know the sea!





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