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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
118. Whom We Worship
 
 
I WOULD not have the love of lips and eyes,
    The ancient ways of love:
But in my heart I built a Paradise,
    A nest there for the dove.
 
I felt the wings of light that fluttered through        5
    The gate I held apart:
And all without was shadow, but I knew
    The bird within my heart.
 
Then, while the innermost with music beat,
    The voice I loved so long        10
Seemed only the dream echo faint and sweet
    Of a far sweeter song.
 
I could not even bear the thought I felt
    Of Thee and Me therein;
And with white heat I strove the veil to melt        15
    That love to love might win.
 
But ah, my dreams within their fountain fell;
    Not to be lost in thee,
But with the high ancestral love to dwell
    In its lone ecstasy.        20
 

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