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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Francis Thompson. 1859–1907
 
27. To Olivia
 
I FEAR to love thee, Sweet, because 
Love's the ambassador of loss; 
White flake of childhood, clinging so 
To my soiled raiment, thy shy snow 
At tenderest touch will shrink and go.         5
Love me not, delightful child. 
My heart, by many snares beguiled, 
Has grown timorous and wild. 
It would fear thee not at all, 
Wert thou not so harmless-small.  10
Because thy arrows, not yet dire, 
Are still unbarbed with destined fire, 
I fear thee more than hadst thou stood 
Full-panoplied in womanhood. 
 
 
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