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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
[Koina ta ton philon]
By John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)
 
GIVE freely to the friend thou hast;
  Unto thyself thou givest:
On barren soil thou canst not cast,
  For by his life thou livest.
 
Nay, this alone doth trouble me—        5
  That I should still be giving
Through him unto myself, when he
  Is love within me living.
 
I fain would give to him alone,
  Nor let him guess the giver;        10
Like dews that drop on hills unknown,
  To feed a lordly river.
 
 
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