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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By Sidney H. Morse (1833–1903)
I CHALLENGE not the oracle
  That drove you from my board:
I bow before the dark decree
  That scatters as I hoard.
You vanished like the sailing ship        5
  That rides far out at sea.
I murmur as your farewell dies
  And your form floats from me;
Ah! ties are sundered in this hour:
  No tide of fortune rare        10
Shall bring the heart I owned before,
  And my love’s loss repair.
When voyagers make a foreign port,
  And leave their precious prize,
Returning home they bear for freight        15
  A bartered merchandise.
Alas! When you come back to me,
  And come not as of yore,
But with your alien wealth and peace,
  Can we be lovers more?        20
I gave you up to go your ways,
  O you whom I adored!
Love hath no ties, but Destiny
  Shall cut them with a sword.

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