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Grazing at Life's bright visions,

So false, and fair, and new, I forgot the other heart, dear,

Forgot it and lost it too!

I might seek that heart for ever,
I might seek and seek in vain ;—

And for one short, careless hour,
I pay with a life of pain.

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II.

n.HE Heart?—Yes, I wore it As sign and as token Of a love that once gave it, A vow that was spoken; But a love, and a vow, and a heart Can be broken.

The Love ?—Life and Death

Are crushed into a day, So what wonder that Love

Should as soon pass away— What wonder I saw it

Fade, fail, and decay.

The Vow ?—why what was it, It snapped like a thread;
Who cares for the corpse When the spirit is fled?
Then I said, "Let the Dead rise And bury its dead,

"While the true, living future Grows pure, wise, and strong."

So I cast the gold heart,
I had worn for so long,

In the Lake, and bound on it
A Stone—and a Wrong!

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III.

[OOK, this little golden Heart Was a true-love shrine For a tress of hair; I held them, Heart and tress, as mine, Like the Love which gave the token— See to-day the Heart is broken!

Broken is the golden heart,

Lost the tress of hair;
Ah, the shrine is empty, vacant,

Desolate, and bare!
So the token should depart,
When Love dies within the heart.

Fast and deep the river floweth,

Floweth to the west;
I will cast the golden trinket

In its cold dark breast,—
Flow, oh river, deep and fast,
Over all the buried past!

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TWO LOVES.

EEP within my heart of hearts, dear, Bound with all its strings, Two Loves are together reigning, Both are crowned like Kings; While my life, still uncomplaining, Rests beneath their wings.

So they both will rule my heart, dear,

Till it cease to beat;
No sway can be deeper, stronger,

Truer, more complete;
Growing, as it lasts the longer,

Sweeter, and more sweet.

One all life and time transfigures;Piercing through and through
Meaner things with magic splendour, Old, yet ever new:
This,—so strong and yet so tender,— Is . . . my Love for you.

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