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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Bedouin Song
By Bayard Taylor (1825–1878)
 
[From Poetical Works. Household Edition. 1883.]

FROM the Desert I come to thee
  On a stallion shod with fire;
And the winds are left behind
  In the speed of my desire.
Under thy window I stand,        5
  And the midnight hears my cry:
I love thee, I love but thee,
  With a love that shall not die
        Till the sun grows cold,
        And the stars are old,        10
        And the leaves of the Judgment
                Book unfold!
 
Look from thy window and see
  My passion and my pain;
I lie on the sands below,        15
  And I faint in thy disdain.
Let the night-winds touch thy brow
  With the heat of my burning sigh,
And melt thee to hear the vow
  Of a love that shall not die        20
        Till the sun grows cold,
        And the stars are old,
        And the leaves of the Judgment
                Book unfold!
 
My steps are nightly driven,        25
  By the fever in my breast,
To hear from thy lattice breathed
  The word that shall give me rest.
Open the door of thy heart,
  And open thy chamber door,        30
And my kisses shall teach thy lips
  The love that shall fade no more
        Till the sun grows cold,
        And the stars are old,
        And the leaves of the Judgment        35
                Book unfold!

  1854.
 
 
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