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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
67. The Burning-Glass
 
 
A SHAFT of fire that falls like dew,
  And melts and maddens all my blood,
From out thy spirit flashes through
  The burning-glass of womanhood.
 
Only so far; here must I stay:        5
  Nearer I miss the light, the fire;
I must endure the torturing ray,
  And with all beauty, all desire.
 
Ah, time long must the effort be,
  And far the way that I must go        10
To bring my spirit unto thee,
  Behind the glass, within the glow.
 

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