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Poem by William Morris


Love Fulfilled


Hast thou longed through weary days
For the sight of one loved face?
Mast thou cried aloud for rest,
Mid the pain of sundering hours;
Cried aloud for sleep and death,
Since the sweet unhoped for best
Was a shadow and a breath?
O, long now, for no fear lowers
Oer these faint feet-kissing flowers.
O, rest now; and yet in sleep
All thy longing shalt thou keep.

Thou shalt rest and have no fear
Of a dull awaking near,
Of a life for ever blind,
Uncontent and waste and wide.
Thou shalt wake and think it sweet
That thy love is near and kind.
Sweeter still for lips to meet;
Sweetest that thine heart doth hide
Longing all unsatisfied
With all longings answering
Howsoever close ye cling.

Thou rememberest how of old
Een thy very pain grew cold,
How thou mightst not measure bliss
Een when eyes and hands drew nigh.
Thou rememberest all regret
For the scarce remembered kiss,
The lost dream of how they met,
Mouths once parched with misery.
Then seemed Love born but to die,
Now unrest, pain, bliss are one,
Love, unhidden and alone. 



William Morris


William Morris's other poems:
  1. The Son's Sorrow
  2. The Two Sides Of The River
  3. All For The Cause
  4. The Flowering Orchard
  5. Of The Three Seekers


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