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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Renouncement
By Alice Meynell (1847–1922)
 
I MUST not think of thee; and, tired yet strong,
  I shun the love that lurks in all delight—
  The love of thee—and in the blue heaven’s height,
And in the dearest passage of a song.
 
Oh, just beyond the fairest thoughts that throng        5
  This breast, the thought of thee waits hidden yet bright;
  But it must never, never come in sight;
I must stop short of thee the whole day long.
 
But when sleep comes to close each difficult day,
  When night gives pause to the long watch I keep,        10
    And all my bonds I needs must loose apart,
Must doff my will as raiment laid away,—
  With the first dream that comes with the first sleep
    I run, I run, I am gather’d to thy heart.
 
 
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