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First Line: Tonight, the country wine was clear
Last Line: And while you love me, love me.
Variant Title(s): While You Love Me, Love Me
Subject(s): Love


Tonight, the country wine was clear
And you were deft to hand it;
Yet now you lie beside me, dear,
You scarcely understand it.
You brought a leaf of lavender,
And I blew out the candle. . . .
You do not breathe or yield or stir,
With mystery to handle.

I know, my sweet, that day will come
And bring a gray reminder,
Yet in the flying hours of night
You need but be the kinder.
I know that every burnished star
Will fade to ash above me,
Yet . . . nestle to me as you are,
And while you love me, love me.

I know that I must rise at dawn
To take the dusty high-way;
And you must stay behind, or go,
But never travel my way.
There is no seal of love to bind,
(No touch of mine has bound you) --
Perhaps another night will find
Another's arms around you.

But now tonight the fire lies still
Upon the rosy ceiling;
Across the moonlit window-sill
The jasmin scent is stealing.
Your golden hair about my face
And I who lean above you;
Tonight, tonight, dear, draw me close, . . .
And while you love me, love me.





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