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Alan Seeger (Алан Сигер)


Sonnet 8. Oh, love of woman, you are known to be


Oh, love of woman, you are known to be
A passion sent to plague the hearts of men;
For every one you bring felicity
Bringing rebuffs and wretchedness to ten.
I have been oft where human life sold cheap
And seen men's brains spilled out about their ears
And yet that never cost me any sleep;
I lived untroubled and I shed no tears.
Fools prate how war is an atrocious thing;
I always knew that nothing it implied
Equalled the agony of suffering
Of him who loves and loves unsatisfied.
War is a refuge to a heart like this;
Love only tells it what true torture is. 



Alan Seeger's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 12. Down the strait vistas where a city street
  2. Sonnet 10. A splendor, flamelike, born to be pursued
  3. Coucy
  4. On a Theme in the Greek Anthology
  5. Sonnet 2. Not that I always struck the proper mean


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