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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
60. Love’s Ritual
 
By Charles Hanson Towne
 
 
BREATHE me the ancient words when I shall find
  Your spirit mine; if, seeking you, life wins
New wonder, with old splendor let us bind
  Our hearts when Love’s high sacrament begins.
 
Exalt my soul with pomp and pageantry,        5
  Sing the eternal songs all lovers sing;
Yea, when you come, gold let our vestments be,
  And lamps of silver let us softly swing.
 
But if at last, (hark how I whisper, Love!)
  You from my temple and from me should turn,        10
I pray you chant no psalm my grief above,
  Over the body of Pain let no light burn.
 
Go forth in silence, quiet as a dove,
  Drift, with no sign, from our exultant place;
We need no Ite at the death of Love,        15
  And none should come to look on Love’s white face.
 

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