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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
A Farewell
By ‘A. E.’ (George William Russell) (1867–1935)
 
ONLY in my deep heart I love you, sweetest heart,
  Many another vesture hath the soul, I pray
Call me not forth from this. If from the light I part
  Only with clay I cling unto the clay.
 
And ah! my bright companion, you and I must go        5
  Our ways, unfolding lonely glories, not our own,
Not from each other gather’d; but an inward glow
  Breathed by the Lone One to the seeker lone.
 
If for the heart’s own sake we break the heart, we may,
  When the last ruby drop dissolves in diamond light,        10
Meet in a deeper vesture in another day;
  Until that dawn, dear heart, good-night, good-night!
 
 
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