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LOVE'S MIST, by            
First Line: Rainbows shine when clouds have parted, but their bril-
Last Line: Which had best been left enveloped in the mists of love's delight.
Subject(s): Love; Mist; Rainbows


Rainbows shine when clouds have parted, but their brilliant colors seem
Dull beside the dazzling beauty of the love-mist's glint and gleam,
Mists that close on faults of dear ones, mists that blind prosaic thought,
Mists that capture blessed sunshine and reflect its brilliance caught,
Mists that cast a golden halo over shallow, darksome pools,
Mists that close on depths unfathomed, mists that bury deep the fools,
Golden mists when kissed by sunrise, silver mists when twilights close,
All surrounding, hiding secrets which are safe when but one knows.

Only when love's mists have lifted is mankind exposed to blame.
Only when the mists are broken is man's weakness known as shame,
Only on life's burning deserts, where such mists are quite unknown,
Do the faults, which men are prone to, naked stand and all alone.
Shame on those who flout the presence of Love's rainbow-tinted mist,
Shame on those who see no beauty in the lives its tints have kissed,
Shame, thrice shame on those who glory in the error brought to sight
Which had best been left enveloped in the mists of Love's delight.





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