Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE TWINS, by JAMES STEPHENS



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First Line: Good and bad are in my heart
Last Line: That the other was the best.
Subject(s): Evil; Identity; Men; Twins; Virtue


Good and bad are in my heart,
But I cannot tell to you
-- For they never are apart --
Which is better of the two.

I am this! I am the other!
And the devil is my brother!
But my father He is God!
And my mother is the Sod!
I am safe enough, you see,
Owing to my pedigree.

So I shelter love and hate
Like twin brothers in a nest;
Lest I find, when it's too late,
That the other was the best.





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