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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XV. Protest
From ‘The Princess’
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
ASK me no more: the moon may draw the sea;
  The cloud may stoop from heaven and take the shape
  With fold to fold, of mountain or of cape;
But O too fond, when have I answer’d thee?
                Ask me no more.        5
Ask me no more: what answer should I give?
  I love not hollow cheek or faded eye:
  Yet, O my friend, I will not have thee die!
Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live;
                Ask me no more.        10
Ask me no more: thy fate and mine are seal’d:
  I strove against the stream and all in vain:
  Let the great river take me to the main:
No more, dear love, for at a touch I yield;
                Ask me no more.        15

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