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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
48. A Woman’s Voice
 
 
HIS head within my bosom lay,
But yet his spirit slipped not through:
I only felt the burning clay
That withered for the cooling dew.
 
It was but pity when I spoke        5
And called him to my heart for rest,
And half a mother’s love that woke
Feeling his head upon my breast:
 
And half the lion’s tenderness
To shield her cubs from hurt or death,        10
Which, when the serried hunters press,
Makes terrible her wounded breath.
 
But when the lips I breathed upon
Asked for such love as equals claim—
I looked where all the stars were gone        15
Burned in the day’s immortal flame.
 
“Come thou like yon great dawn to me
From darkness vanquished, battles done:
Flame unto flame shall flow and be
Within thy heart and mine as one.        20
 

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