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Poem by Eleanor Farjeon


Sonnets. 12. I hear love answer: Since within the mesh


I hear love answer: Since within the mesh
Of blood and flesh you labour for awhile,
I, even I, must use you in the flesh,
Leavening it of all the world calls vile.
I am not natures force. O, she will forge
Her indomitable end without my aid,
And men cry out on her with rising gorge
As though they were of other forces made.

Not being her bond-slave, I alone can give
Visions that are unmingled with her earth,
But since this present in her habit you live
I must meet nature to fulfil their birth.
Only when you and I come clear of the clay,
Beloved, I will fulfil them as I may.



Eleanor Farjeon


Eleanor Farjeon's other poems:
  1. Underworld
  2. Two Choruses from Merlin in Broceliande
  3. Revolt
  4. Sonnets. 6. Certain among Us Walk in Loneliness
  5. Sonnets. 14. Now I have love again and life again


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