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When others run to windows or out of doors
To catch the sunset whole, he is content
With any segment anywhere he sits....
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields, ...
They explained to me the bloody bandages
On the floor in the maternity ward in Rochester, N.Y.,
Cured the backache I acquired bowing to my old master, ...
Remember when you love, from that same hour
Your peace you put into your lover’s power;
From that same hour from him you laws receive, ...
I collect them now, it seems. Like
sea-shells or old
thimbles. One for ...
Fire ran horrified
from its ashes.
Today is a trumpet to set the hounds baying.
The past is a fox the hunters are flaying.
Nothing unspoken goes without saying....
He was a mystery in smoke and flags
Saying yes to the smoke, yes to the flags, ...
Once when I was harmless
and didn’t know any better,
Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings ...
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