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Poem by Madison Julius Cawein

Semper Idem


Hold up thy head and crush
Thy heart's despair;
From thy wan temples brush
The tear-wet hair.


Look on me thus as I
Gaze upon thee;
Nor question how nor why
Such things can be.


Thou thought'st it love! - poor fool!
That which was lust!
Which made thee, beautiful,
Vile as the dust!


Thy flesh I craved, thy face! -
Love shrinks at this -
Now on thy lips to place
One farewell kiss! -


Weep not, but die! - 'tis given -
And so - farewell! -
Die! - that which makes death heaven,
Makes life a hell.

Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein's other poems:
  1. The Tree-Toad
  2. The Sleeper
  3. The Night-Rain
  4. The Criminal
  5. Forevermore

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