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Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)

Song


              1I shall not go with pain
              2Whether you hold me, whether you forget
              3My little loss and my immortal gain.
              4O flower unseen, O fountain sealed apart!
              5Give me one look, one look remembering yet,
              6Sweet heart.

              7I shall not go with grief,
              8Whether you call me, whether you deny
              9The crowning vintage and the golden sheaf.
            10O, April hopes that blossom but to close!
            11Give me one look, one look and so good-bye,
            12Red rose.

            13I shall not go with sighs,
            14But as full-crowned the warrior leaves the fight,
            15Dawn on his shield and death upon his eyes.
            16O, life so bitter-sweet and heaven so far!
            17Give me one look, one look and so good night,
            18My star.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, The Lamp of Poor Souls and Other Poems (Toronto: S. B. Gundy, 1916): 15. PS 8531 I35L3 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1916
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/10

Rhyme: abacbc


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