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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Kiss of Consummation
By George Sterling (1869–1926)

LO! Thou has granted us for Thee a name,
  But never, Lord, shall there be name for this
  The storm and sacrament of love’s abyss;
Nor shall the mind conceive nor man’s tongue frame
Nor Music in her farthest flight proclaim        5
  The tale of that intolerable bliss
  When breathless lips meet in the final kiss,
And mouth on mouth melts to incarnate flame.
When, lest the astounding racks of bliss destroy
  The body with its ecstasy alive,—        10
The maddened flesh grown infinite with joy,
  Peace sends her Lethe to the reeling brain,
Ere the inexorable flame revive
  And Love that slew sound trumpets o’er the slain.

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