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Poem by Dora Sigerson Shorter

For Ever

He heard it first upon the lips of love,
   And loved it for loves sake;
A faithful word, that knows nor time nor change,
   Nor lone heart-break.

It sung across his heart-strings like a breath
   Of Heavens faithfulness, that whispered Never
To part, to lose, to linger from your gaze.
   She said, I love for ever.

He heard it then upon the lips of death,
   Of things that fade and die;
A word of sorrow never to be stilled,
   An ever echoing sigh.

And loneliness within his soul did dwell,
   And struck upon his heart-strings, crying Never
To meet, to have, to hold, to see again.
   She said, Good-bye for ever.

Dora Sigerson Shorter

Dora Sigerson Shorter's other poems:
  1. The Fairy Changeling
  2. A Vagrant Heart
  3. A Bird from the West
  4. Sixteen Dead Men
  5. Cean Duv Deelish

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