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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Renouncement
By John Daniel Logan (1869–1929)
 
I BUILT mine altar on thy Heart:
Each morn I burned Love’s incense there:
And thou the hallowed sacrifice
  Blest with thy dear commemorative eyes.
 
Now thou art gone into the Night,        5
And Sorrow sits alone with me:
Her cold, dumb lips she will not ope
  To call thee from the sepulchre of Hope.
 
The darkened house within is still:
And though I wistful vigil keep,        10
The winds without cry mournfully
  That thou, alas! wilt not return to me.
*        *        *        *        *
Ah, though the days that are to come
Bring not thy lost form back to me,—
Yet will I for Love’s sake arise        15
  Each morn, and to thine Image sacrifice!
 
 
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