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Poem by Isaac Rosenberg


Girl To A Soldier On Leave


Girl To A Soldier On Leave
Love! You love me Ч your eyes
Have looked through death at mine.
You have tempted a grave too much
I let you Ч I repine.

I love you - Titan lover,
My own storm-days Titan.
Greater than the son of Zeus,
I know whom I would choose.

Titan Ч my splendid rebel Ч
The old Prometheus
Wanes like a ghost before your power Ч
His pangs were joys to yours.

Pallid days arid and wan
Tied your soul fast.
Babel-cities smoky tops
Pressed upon your growth

Weary gyves. What were you
But a word in the brains ways,
Or the sleep of Circes swine.
One gyve holds you yet.

It held you hiddenly on the Somme
Tied from my heart at home.
O must it loosen now? Ч I wish
You were bound with the old gyves.

Love! you love me Ч your eyes
Have looked through death at mine.
You have tempted a grave too much.
I let you - I repine.



Isaac Rosenberg


Isaac Rosenberg's other poems:
  1. The Nun
  2. A Question
  3. Sleep
  4. The Troop Ship
  5. Home-Thoughts From France


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