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Poem by Edward Rowland Sill


Reproof of Love


BECAUSE we are shut out from light,
Each of the other's look and smile;
Because the arms' and lips' delight
Are past and dead, a weary while;

Because the dawn, that joy has brought,
Brings now but certainty of pain,
Nothing for you and me has bought
The right to live our lives in vain.

Take not away the only lure
That leads me on my lonely way,
To know you noble, sweet, and pure,
Great in least service, day by day.



Edward Rowland Sill


Edward Rowland Sill's other poems:
  1. Hermione
  2. Tempted
  3. Fertility
  4. Even There
  5. Among the Redwoods


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