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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
Forbidden Lave
By Lady Currie (Violet Fane) (1843–1905)
OH, love! thou that shelterest some
  ’Neath thy wings, so white and warm,
    Wherefore on a bat-like wing
All disguisèd didst thou come
  In so terrible a form?        5
    As a dark forbidden thing,
As a demon of the air—
  As a sorrow and a sin,
    Wherefore cam’st thou thus to me,
As a tempter and a snare?        10
  When the heart that beats within
    This, my bosom, warm’d to thee,
Was it from a love of sinning,
  From a fatal love of wrong,
    From a wish to shun the light?        15
Nay! I swear at the beginning
  Hadst thou sung an angel’s song,—
    Had this wrong thing been the right,
Thou hadst seem’d as worth the winning,
  And with will as firm and strong        20
    I had lov’d with all my might.

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