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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
135. Our Thrones Decay
I SAID my pleasure shall not move;
It is not fixed in things apart:
Seeking not love—but yet to love—
I put my trust in mine own heart.
I knew the fountain of the deep        5
Wells up with living joy, unfed:
Such joys the lonely heart may keep,
And love grow rich with love unwed.
Still flows the ancient fount sublime;—
But, ah, for my heart, shed tears, shed tears;        10
Not it, but love, has scorn of time,
It turns to dust beneath the years.


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