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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
87. Sung on a By-way
WHAT of all the will to do?
  It has vanished long ago,
For a dream-shaft pierced it through
  From the Unknown Archer’s bow.
What of all the soul to think?        5
  Some one offered it a cup
Filled with a diviner drink,
  And the flame has burned it up.
What of all the hope to climb?
  Only in the self we grope        10
To the misty end of time:
  Truth has put an end to hope.
What of all the heart to love?
  Sadder than for will or soul,
No light lured it on above;        15
  Love has found itself the whole.


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