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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
69. The Faces of Memory
 
 
DREAM faces bloom around your face
  Like flowers upon one stem;
The heart of many a vanished race
  Sighs as I look on them.
 
The sun rich face of Egypt glows,        5
  The eyes of Eire brood,
With whom the golden Cyprian shows
  In lovely sisterhood.
 
Your tree of life put forth these flowers
  In ages past away:        10
They had the love in other hours
  I give to you to-day.
 
One light their eyes have, as may shine
  One star on many a sea,
They look that tender love on mine        15
  That lights your glance on me.
 
They fade in you; their lips are fain
  To meet the old caress:
And all their love is mine again
  As lip to lip we press.        20
 

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