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Matthew Arnold (1822–88).  The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867.  1909.
Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems
Too Late
[First published 1852. Reprinted 1855.]

  EACH 1 on his own strict line we move,
And some find death ere they find love.
So far apart their lives are thrown
From the twin soul that halves their own.
  And sometimes, by still harder fate,        5
The lovers meet, but meet too late.
—Thy heart is mine!—True, true! ah true!
—Then, love, thy hand!—Ah no! adieu!
Note 1. Too late Title] Faded Leaves. II. Too late 1855. [back]
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