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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
The End
By Lionel Johnson (1867–1902)
 
I GAVE you more than love: many times more:
I gave mine honour into your fair keeping.
You lost mine honour: wherefore now restore
The love I gave; not dead, but cold and sleeping.
You loveless, I dishonoured, go our ways:        5
Dead is the past: dead must be all my days.
 
Death and the shadows tarry not: fulfil
Your years with folly and love’s imitation.
You had mine all: mine only now, to kill
All trembling memories of mine adoration.        10
That done, to lie me down, and die, and dream,
What once, I thought you were: what still, you seem.
 
 
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