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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Love is a Terrible Thing
 
Grace Fallow Norton
 
 
I WENT out to the farthest meadow,
I lay down in the deepest shadow;
 
And I said unto the earth, “Hold me,”
And unto the night, “O enfold me,”
 
And unto the wind petulantly        5
I cried, “You know not for you are free!”
 
And I begged the little leaves to lean
Low and together for a safe screen;
 
Then to the stars I told my tale:
“That is my home-light, there in the vale,        10
 
“And O, I know that I shall return,
But let me lie first mid the unfeeling fern.
 
“For there is a flame that has blown too near,
And there is a name that has grown too dear,
And there is a fear …”        15
 
And to the still hills and cool earth and far sky I made moan,
“The heart in my bosom is not my own!
 
“O would I were free as the wind on wing;
Love is a terrible thing!”
 

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