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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Love’s Poor
 
Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)
 
 
YEA, love, I know, and I would have it thus;
I know that not for us
Is springtide Passion with his fire and flowers,
I know this love of ours
Lives not, nor yet may live,        5
By the dear food that lips and hands can give.
Not, love, that we in some high dream despise
The common lover’s common Paradise;
Ah, God, if Thou and I
But one short hour their blessedness might try,        10
How could we poor ones teach
Those happy ones who half forget them rich:
For if we thus endure,
’T is only, love, because we are so poor.
 

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