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English Poetry. Dora Sigerson Shorter. For Ever. Дора Сигерсон Шортер.

Dora Sigerson Shorter (Дора Сигерсон Шортер)

For Ever

He heard it first upon the lips of love,
   And loved it for love’s sake;
A faithful word, that knows nor time nor change,
   Nor lone heart-break.

It sung across his heart-strings like a breath
   Of Heaven’s faithfulness, that whispered “Never
To part, to lose, to linger from your gaze.”
   She said, “I love for ever.”

He heard it then upon the lips of death,
   Of things that fade and die;
A word of sorrow never to be stilled,
   An ever echoing sigh.

And loneliness within his soul did dwell,
   And struck upon his heart-strings, crying “Never
To meet, to have, to hold, to see again.”
   She said, “Good-bye for ever.”

Dora Sigerson Shorter’s other poems:

  1. The Rape of the Baron’s Wine
  2. When You Are on the Sea
  3. My Neighbour’s Garden
  4. The Fairy Changeling
  5. Unknown Ideal

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