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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
By John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)
GIVE freely to the friend thou hast;
  Unto thyself thou givest:
On barren soil thou canst not cast,
  For by his life thou livest.
Nay, this alone doth trouble me—        5
  That I should still be giving
Through him unto myself, when he
  Is love within me living.
I fain would give to him alone,
  Nor let him guess the giver;        10
Like dews that drop on hills unknown,
  To feed a lordly river.

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