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Rupert Brooke (1887–1915).  Collected Poems. 1916.
  
VI. Other Poems
9. The Way That Lovers Use
  
THE WAY that lovers use is this;
  They bow, catch hands, with never a word,
And their lips meet, and they do kiss,
  —So I have heard.
  
They queerly find some healing so,        5
  And strange attainment in the touch;
There is a secret lovers know,
  —I have read as much.
  
And theirs no longer joy nor smart,
  Changing or ending, night or day;       10
But mouth to mouth, and heart on heart,
  —So lovers say.

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