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Love We Must Part Now

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Written by Philip Larkin

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 Love, we must part now: do not let it be 
Calamitious and bitter.
In the past There has been too much moonlight and self-pity: Let us have done with it: for now at last Never has sun more boldly paced the sky, Never were hearts more eager to be free, To kick down worlds, lash forests; you and I No longer hold them; we are husks, that see The grain going forward to a different use.
There is regret.
Always, there is regret.
But it is better that our lives unloose, As two tall ships, wind-mastered, wet with light, Break from an estuary with their courses set, And waving part, and waving drop from sight.


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