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I Said to Love

 I said to Love, 
"It is not now as in old days 
When men adored thee and thy ways 
 All else above; 
Named thee the Boy, the Bright, the One 
Who spread a heaven beneath the sun," 
 I said to Love.
I said to him, "We now know more of thee than then; We were but weak in judgment when, With hearts abrim, We clamoured thee that thou would'st please Inflict on us thine agonies," I said to him.
I said to Love, "Thou art not young, thou art not fair, No faery darts, no cherub air, Nor swan, nor dove Are thine; but features pitiless, And iron daggers of distress," I said to Love.
"Depart then, Love! .
- Man's race shall end, dost threaten thou? The age to come the man of now Know nothing of? - We fear not such a threat from thee; We are too old in apathy! Mankind shall cease.
--So let it be," I said to Love.

Poem by Thomas Hardy
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