I feed a flame within
I feed a flame within which so torments me
That it both pains my heart, and yet contents me:
'Tis such a pleasing smart, and I so love it,
That I had rather die than once remove it.
Yet he for whom I grieve shall never know it
My heart does not betray nor my eyes show it
Not a sigh, nor a tear my pain discloses
But they fall silently like dew on roses
Thus, to prevent my love from being cruel
My heart's the sacrifice as it's the fuel.
And while I suffer thus to give him quiet
My faith rewards my love though he deny it
On his eyes will I gaze, and there delight me
While I conceal my love no frown can fright me.
To be more happy I dare not aspire
Nor can I fall more low mounting no higher.
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]
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