To the Lady of the Portrait Testament
Give Me the Strength

Give me but the strength, my ever dearest,
To follow the vision I have seen with you—
The radiant dream of love complete and lasting:
A man and woman perfectly attuned,
So every impulse of their souls and bodies
Awakes response and mutual understanding;
Who share, as well, the view that life can be
A constant wonder, joy and wild desire,
Commixed with a prevailing gaiety
And jaunty triumph over every ill;

Two lovers in whom the sense of beauty, too,
Is much akin, and whose ideals and aims
Amid the conflicting currents of our time,
And in the great causes, battles, strivings
For freedom, justice, peace—are quite the same.
Give me the strength, beloved, to dismiss
Old habits and the fear of mental turmoil,
To come to you, fulfill love's ardent dream
And make our pulsing lives an endless song,
A masterpiece of meaning and creation.


Copyright © 1972, 1983, 1994 by Corliss Lamont.
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To the Lady of the Portrait Testament

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