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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
168. This Heart That Flutters Near My Heart
 
By James Joyce
 
 
THIS heart that flutters near my heart
  MY hope and all my riches is,
Unhappy when we draw apart
  And happy between kiss and kiss;
My hope and all my riches—yes!—        5
  And all my happiness.
 
For there, as in some mossy nest
  The wrens will divers treasures keep,
I laid those treasures I possessed
  Ere that mine eyes had learned to weep.        10
Shall we not be as wise as they
  Though love live but a day?
 

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