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CANTO YII. Queen Atheeh had held conflict in her heart, Whether her
soul should lend a listening ear To Chavah, offering to work the
charm That should restore to her King Arvan's love; For
doubtful-voiced, within her vexed breast, The sensitive spirit
pleaded restlessly, Urging ill doubts, disquieting the soul, Now
this, now that alleging: prompt to change The colour of the action,
till at times She doubted of its fitness; or again, When sunnier
thoughts drew near, felt all assured Of its convenient
rightfulness. And thus Days had gone by since first fair Chavah
made Her specious offer, tempting her adown Destruction's path. And
sometimes sadly said Her spirit's voice, in her lone communings, "
Would Athreh owe to evil magic charm King Arvan's love, that ne'er
might be rewon By Athreh's faithfulness ? Might such a heart,
Untrue, far wandering from its plighted faith, Conquered anew only
by potent spell O'ermastering, have worth as in old days, When it
made rich the heart ? Tis a vain thought. Love given not for love,
whate'er the soul Lightly deceived may hope, exiateth not, Save in
sick fancy's dream, which feverishly Simulates that which is, by
airy shapes Brain-born, existenceless. Also, 'twere shame Stooping
to take from Chavah's hands the gift Which, had she stolen not,
were yet mine own. No ! I will not receive it. I will be Alone
henceforward. Let her keep her prize, And leave me to my sorrow.
Ne'er will I, Who reigned once a queen in Arvan's heart, He having
failed me, win through magic spell, Wrought out by her, that which
was wholly mine. Yet will I love him truly to the end, For a north
woman may not change her love. Nor shall he know that I have loved
him thus; But I will hide the love deep in...
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