Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, I HAVE A FRIEND; I HAVE A STORY, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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I HAVE A FRIEND; I HAVE A STORY, by             Poet's Biography
Last Line: A while, and she will only hate
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Love

I have a friend; I have a story;
I have a life that's hard to live;
I love; my love is all my glory
I have been hurt and I forgive.

I have a friend; none could be better;
I stake my heart upon my friend!
I love; I trust her to the letter;
Will she deceive me in the end?

She is my love, my life, my jewel;
My hope, my star, my dear delight.
God! but the ways of God are cruel,''"
That love should bow the knee to spite!

She loves, she hates,''"a foul alliance!
One King shall rule in one estate.
I only love; 'tis all my science;
A while, and she will only hate.

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