|Faithful — to Our Past|
Ever have I sought most faithfully
For beauty, warmth and quickness of the spirit.
It is the quickness one so seldom finds—
I mean a scintillating intellect
Fused with intense, inflammable emotion;
I mean a contagious sparkle in the eye,
A coruscating combustion in the brain;
I mean impetuosity in love,
And spontaneity that breaks through all
The cramping obstacles of space and time.
In you I saw this combination rare
And often dreamed that lasting love between us
Might reach the very summits of perfection,
Something unique, something of stunning beauty,
Yes, something that might even be deserving
The name of noble. So I've offered you
The highest that is in me and poured out
My heart to you with all the eloquence
That I can muster. Surely you now know
Whether you can return my love and share
The glowing vision that I have beheld.
But if you finally choose to close the gates
You must not ever think that I'll regret
Any moment I have spent with you,
Or ever say it was all waste and folly.
These feelings have been felt, these words were spoken;
Those hours lived are now a part of me;
The splendor of them will not soon be dimmed.
I shall be always faithful to our past
And to my blessed memories of you;
There can be no regrets, but only wonder,
And gratitude, that we as humankind
Are so exquisitely compacted that
You and I could share such happiness.
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