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Rupert Brooke (1887–1915).  Collected Poems. 1916.
  
II. 1908–1911
19. Libido
  
HOW should I know? The enormous wheels of will
  Drove me cold-eyed on tired and sleepless feet.
Night was void arms and you a phantom still,
  And day your far light swaying down the street.
As never fool for love, I starved for you;        5
  My throat was dry and my eyes hot to see.
Your mouth so lying was most heaven in view,
  And your remembered smell most agony.
  
Love wakens love! I felt your hot wrist shiver
  And suddenly the mad victory I planned       10
  Flashed real, in your burning bending head.…
My conqueror’s blood was cool as a deep river
  In shadow; and my heart beneath your hand
  Quieter than a dead man on a bed.

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