I thought, because we had been friends so long,

That I knew all your dear lips dared intend

Before they dawned to speech. Our thoughts would blend,

I dreamed, like memories that faintly throng.

Your voice dwelt in me like an olden song.

Petal, I thought, from petal I could rend.

The blossom of your soul, and in end

Find still the same sweet fragrance. I was wrong.

Last evening in our eyes love brimmed to birth;

Our friendship faded, lost in passion’s mist.

We had been strangers only! Here, close-caught

Against my heart the dim face I sought

So long! And now the only thing on earth-

Your piteous mouth, a-tremble to be kissed!

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