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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
  
I. The Man Against the Sky
10. Eros Turannos
  
SHE fears him, and will always ask
  What fated her to choose him;
She meets in his engaging mask
  All reasons to refuse him;
But what she meets and what she fears        5
Are less than are the downward years,
Drawn slowly to the foamless weirs
  Of age, were she to lose him.
 
Between a blurred sagacity
  That once had power to sound him,       10
And Love, that will not let him be
  The Judas that she found him,
Her pride assuages her almost,
As if it were alone the cost.—
He sees that he will not be lost,       15
  And waits and looks around him.
 
A sense of ocean and old trees
  Envelops and allures him;
Tradition, touching all he sees,
  Beguiles and reassures him;       20
And all her doubts of what he says
Are dimmed with what she knows of days—
Till even prejudice delays
  And fades, and she secures him.
 
The falling leaf inaugurates       25
  The reign of her confusion;
The pounding wave reverberates
  The dirge of her illusion;
And home, where passion lived and died,
Becomes a place where she can hide,       30
While all the town and harbor side
  Vibrate with her seclusion.
 
We tell you, tapping on our brows,
  The story as it should be,—
As if the story of a house       35
  Were told, or ever could be;
We’ll have no kindly veil between
Her visions and those we have seen,—
As if we guessed what hers have been,
  Or what they are or would be.       40
 
Meanwhile we do no harm; for they
  That with a god have striven,
Not hearing much of what we say,
  Take what the god has given;
Though like waves breaking it may be,       45
Or like a changed familiar tree,
Or like a stairway to the sea
  Where down the blind are driven.

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