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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
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III. Yea, Gold Is Son of Zeus
By Michael Field (Katherine Harris Bradley) (1846–1914)
 
(From “Long Ago,” XXXVI)

YEA, gold is son of Zeus: no rust
  Its timeless light can stain;
The worm that brings man’s flesh to dust
  Assaults its strength in vain:
More gold than gold the love I sing,        5
A hard, inviolable thing.
 
Men say the passions should grow old
  With waning years; my heart
Is incorruptible as gold,
  ’Tis my immortal part:        10
Nor is there any god can lay
On love the finger of decay.
 
 
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