by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931)

I shall not die for love of thee
Language: English 
O Woman, shapely as the swan,
Shall I turn wan for looks from thee?
Nay bend those blue love-darting eyes 
On men unwise, they wound not me.
Red lips and ripe and rose from soft cheek,
Shall limbs turn weak and colour flee,
And languorous grace and foam white foam
Shall still blood storm because of ye?

Thy slender waist, the cool of gold
In ringlets rolled around thy knee,
Thy scented sighs and looks of flame
They shall not tame my spirit free.
For, Woman, shapely as the swan,
A wary man hath nurtured me;
White neck and arm, bright lip and eye,
I shall not die for love of ye.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-09-13
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Word count: 112