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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Dark Cavalier
 
Margaret Widdemer
 
 
I AM the Dark Cavalier; I am the Last Lover:
  My arms shall welcome you when other arms are tired;
I stand to wait for you, patient in the darkness,
  Offering forgetfulness of all that you desired.
 
I ask no merriment, no pretense of gladness,        5
  I can love heavy lids and lips without their rose;
Though you are sorrowful you will not weary me;
  I will not go from you when all the tired world goes.
 
I am the Dark Cavalier; I am the Last Lover;
  I promise faithfulness no other lips may keep;        10
Safe in my bridal place, comforted by darkness,
  You shall lie happily, smiling in your sleep.
 

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