by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Love's mandate
Language: English 
Because thy heart to mine
[Spake]1with a call divine,
I did not question it, nor wait to know
That it was wise to give surrender so,
But down beneath thy feet I laid me low.
I did not wait to find
That thou [wast]2 loving, generous and kind,
That love for thee would bring delight or woe,
But, from within me or above,
The mandate came to love thee, and I love!

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Confirmed with Public Opinion: A Comprehensive Summary of the Press Throughout the World on All Important Current Topics, Volume 9, page 519.
1 Allitsen: "Spoke"
2 Allitsen: "wert"


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This text was added to the website: 2012-08-12
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Word count: 72