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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
12. Echoes
 
 
THE MIGHT that shaped itself through storm and stress
In chaos, here is lulled in breathing sweet;
Under the long brown ridge in gentleness
    Its fierce old pulses beat.
 
Quiet and sad we go at eve; the fire        5
That woke exultant in an earlier day
Is dead; the memories of old desire
    Only in shadows play.
 
We liken love to this and that; our thought
The echo of a deeper being seems:        10
We kiss, because God once for beauty sought
    Within a world of dreams.
 

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