Such tears as I do weep are tears of joy;
But sadness is with joy forever twined.
Such tears as purest crystal so enshrined
Should be–such wonders of extreme employ!
Miraculous; for what would once destroy,
And in the very wonder, this would bind
Us to our fate, our destiny of mind
And body, soul and sinew, girl and boy:
In youth did we enjoin the gentle touch,
The halting kiss; and these were each the more
Exciting for the newness of the act;
And through the years, each sweet caress was much
More fine than was the last; and did restore
My faith in Paradise with thought and fact.
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