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Eleanor Farjeon (Элинор Фарджон)

Sonnets. 18. Shall we not laugh together, you and I

Shall we not laugh together, you and I,
I being at last fulfilled, at last at rest
Within the strength of your beloved breast,
Shall we not laugh once at a day gone by
When, wan as things that lie below the earth,
Things choked and buried, sunless and unsought,
This richest life was only lived in thought,
Seed without fruit, unconsummated birth?

Love, in that time when you have called me yours
And have with kisses long outbreathed old fears,
Love, let me not remember these! these hours,
Save with one smile to drown their thousand tears.
Then fold me in your bosom so deep away
That memory cannot touch this loveless day.

Eleanor Farjeon's other poems:
  1. Three Miles to Penn
  2. In the Oculist's Anteroom
  3. Sonnets. 13.Thy Glance Is Lovelier Than the Glance of the Moon
  4. Sonnets. 8. Wilt thou put seals on love because men say
  5. Sonnets. 12. I hear love answer: Since within the mesh

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