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Modern Love X: But Where Began the Change

 But where began the change; and what's my crime? 
The wretch condemned, who has not been arraigned, 
Chafes at his sentence.
Shall I, unsustained, Drag on Love's nerveless body thro' all time? I must have slept, since now I wake.
Prepare, You lovers, to know Love a thing of moods: Not like hard life, of laws.
In Love's deep woods, I dreamt of loyal Life:--the offence is there! Love's jealous woods about the sun are curled; At least, the sun far brighter there did beam.
My crime is, that the puppet of a dream, I plotted to be worthy of the world.
Oh, had I with my darling helped to mince The facts of life, you still had seen me go With hindward feather and with forward toe, Her much-adored delightful Fairy Prince!

by George Meredith
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