In Divers Tones

by Charles G.D. Roberts

Edited by Tracy Ware


 

TOUT OU RIEN


 

Love, if you love me, love with heart and soul!
   I am not liberal as some lovers are,
Accepting small return, and scanty dole,
   Gratefully glad to worship from afar.

Ah, love me passionately, or not at all!

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   For love that counts the cost I have small need.
My fingers would with laughing scorn let fall
   That poor half-love so many lovers heed.

Then be mine wholly,—body, soul, and brain!
   Your memory shall outlive kings. For Time

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Forgets his cunning and assails in vain
   Her whose name rings along the poet’s rhyme.