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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
100. Light and Dark
 
 
NOT the soul that’s whitest
  Wakens love the sweetest:
When the heart is lightest
  Oft the charm is fleetest.
 
While the snow-frail maiden,        5
  Waits the time of learning,
To the passion laden
  Turn with eager yearning.
 
While the heart is burning
  Heaven with earth is banded:        10
To the stars returning
  Go not empty-handed.
 
Ah, the snow-frail maiden!
  Somehow truth has missed her,
Left the heart unladen        15
  For its burdened sister.
 

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