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Poem by Madison Julius Cawein


Witnesses


    I.

    You say I do not love you! - Tell me why,
        When I have gazed a little on your face,
    And then gone forth into the world of men,
        A beauty, neither of the Earth or Sky,
    A glamour, that transforms each common place,
            Attends my spirit then?

    II.

    You say I do not love you! - Yet I know
        When I have heard you speak and dwelt upon
    Your words awhile, my heart has gone away
        Filled with strange music, very soft and low,
    A dim companion, touching with sweet tone
            The discords of the day.

    III.

    You say I do not love you! - Yet it seems,
        When I have kissed your hand and said farewell,
    A fragrance, sweeter than did flower yet bloom,
        Accompanies my soul and fills, with dreams,
    The sad and sordid streets, where people dwell,
            Dreams of spring's wild perfume.



Madison Julius Cawein


Madison Julius Cawein's other poems:
  1. The Wood God
  2. Poe
  3. Dogtown
  4. Love's Calendar
  5. Fall


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