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Try, will our table turn ?
Till the yearning slips
Thro' the finger-tips
And a very few feel burn,
See, how she looks now, dressed
'T is a huge fur cloak
Like a reindeer's roke
Sleeves for her arts to rest,
Teach me to flirt a fan
Or I tint your lip
And you turn into such a man !
Just the two spots that span Half the bill of the young male swan.
XI. Dearest, three months ago When the mesmerizer Snow
With his hand's first sweep
Put the earth to sleep 'Twas a time when the heart could show
All-how was earth to know, 'Neath the mute hand's to-and-fro ?
XII. Dearest, three months ago When we loved each other so,
Lived and loved the same
Till an evening came
Pierced to our ingle-glow,
XIII. Not from the heart beneath'T was a bubble born of breath,
Neither sneer nor vaunt, i Nor reproach nor taunt. See a word, how it severeth !
Oh, power of life and death In the tongue, as the Preacher saith!
Love, if you knew the light
How I look to you
For the pure and true,
Bear with a moment's spite When a mere mote threats the white !
What of a hasty word ?
By a worm's pin-prick
Where its roots are quick ? See the eye, by a fly’s-foot blurred
Far, when a straw is heard Scratch the brain's coat of curd !
Foul be the world or fair
'T is the world the same
And endurance is easy there.
Wrong in the one thing rareOh, it is hard to bear!
We shall have the word
In a minor third There is none but the cuckoo knows :
Heaps of the guelder-rose ! I must bear with it, I suppose.
At the warning slash
Of his driver's-lashI would laugh like the valiant Thumb
Facing the castle glum And the giant's fee-faw-fum !
We can stand apart,.
Heart dispense with heart In the sun, with the flowers unnipped,
Oh, the world's hangings ripped, We were both in a bare-walled crypt !
Each in the crypt would cry
“When a heart, as chill,
“At my own would thrill “ Back to life, and its fires out-fly?
“ Heart, shall we live or die ? “The rest ... settle by and by !”
So, she 'd efface the score,
It is twelve o'clock :
I shall hear her knock
I shall pull her through the door, I shall have her for evermore !