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illustrated.1908 Excerpt: ... AND WERE THAT BEST 9 IV--WRITTEN ON A
FLY-LEAF OF "SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS" When shall true love be love
without alloy--Shine free at last from sinful circumstance When
shall the canker of unheavenly chance Eat not the bud of that most
heavenly joy When shall true love meet love not as a coy Retreating
light that leads a deathful dance, But as a firm fixt fire that
doth enhance The beauty of all beauty Will the employ Of poets ever
be too well to show That mightiest love with sharpest pain doth
writhe; That underneath the fair, caressing glove Hides evermore
the iron hand; and tho' Love's flower alone is good, if we would
prove Its perfect bloom, our breath slays like a scythe V--"AND
WERE THAT BEST " And were that best, Love, dreamless, endless sleep
Gone all the fury of the mortal day--The daylight gone, and gone
the starry ray And were that best, Love, rest serene and deep Gone
labor and desire; no arduous steep To climb, no songs to sing, no
prayers to pray, No help for those who perish by the way, No
laughter 'mid our tears, no tears to weep And were that best, Love,
sleep with no dear dream, Nor memory of anything in life--Stark
death that neither help nor hurt can know O, rather, far, the
sorrow-bringing gleam, The living day's long agony and strife
Rather strong love in pain; the waking woe VI--"THERE IS NOTHING
NEW UNDER THE SUN" There is nothing new under the sun; There is no
new hope or despair; The agony just begun Is as old as the earth
and the air. My secret soul of bliss Is one with the singing stars,
And the ancient mountains miss No hurt that my being mars. I know
as I know my life, I know as I know my pain, That there is no
lonely strife, That he is mad who.would gain A separate balm for
his woe, A single pity and cover; The one g...
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Richard Watson Gilder
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||Paperback - Trade
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