Excerpt: ...One day, crazed, she sent For Max. "Come quickly," said
her note, "I skip The worst distress until we meet. The world is
blank." 39 Through the long sunshine of late afternoon Max went to
her. In the pleached alley, lost In bitter reverie, he found her
soon. And sitting down beside her, at the cost Of all his secret,
"Dear," said he, "what thing So suddenly has happened?" Then, in
tears, She told that Grootver, on the following morn, Would come to
marry her, and shuddering: "I will die rather, death has lesser
fears." Max felt the shackles drop from the oath which he had
sworn. 40 "My Dearest One, the hid joy of my heart I love you, oh
you must indeed have known. In strictest honour I have played my
part; But all this misery has overthrown My scruples. If you love
me, marry me Before the sun has dipped behind those trees. You
cannot be wed twice, and Grootver, foiled, Can eat his anger. My
care it shall be To pay your father's debt, by such degrees As I
can compass, and for years I've greatly toiled. 41 This is not
haste, Christine, for long I've known My love, and silence forced
upon my lips. I worship you with all the strength I've shown In
keeping faith." With pleading finger tips He touched her arm.
"Christine Beloved Think. Let us not tempt the future. Dearest,
speak, I love you. Do my words fall too swift now? They've been in
leash so long upon the brink." She sat quite still, her body loose
and weak. Then into him she melted, all her soul at flow. 42 And
they were married ere the westering sun Had disappeared behind the
garden trees. The evening poured on them its benison, And
flower-scents, that only night-time frees, Rose up around them from
the beamy ground, Silvered and shadowed by a tranquil moon. Within
the arbour, long they lay embraced, In such enraptured sweetness as
they found Close-partnered each to each, and thinking soon To be
enwoven, long ere night to morning faced. 43 At last Max spoke,
"Dear Heart, this night is ours, To...
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