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Poem by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Love and Fame
WRITTEN IN EARLY YOUTH. I. It was the May when I was born, Soft moonlight through the casement stream'd, And still, as it were yestermorn, I dream the dream I dream'd. I saw two forms from fairy land, Along the moonbeam gently glide, Until they halted, hand in hand, My infant couch beside. II. With smiles, the cradle bending o'er, I heard their whisper'd voices breathe-- The one a crown of diamond wore, The one a myrtle wreath; "Twin brothers from the better clime, A poet's spell hath lured to thee; Say which shall, in the coming time, Thy chosen fairy be?" III. I stretch'd my hand, as if my grasp Could snatch the toy from either brow; And found a leaf within my clasp, One leaf--as fragrant now! If both in life may not be won, Be mine, at least, the gentler brother-- For he whose life deserves the one, In death may gain the other.
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