Modern Love XXVI: Love Ere He Bleeds

 Love ere he bleeds, an eagle in high skies,
Has earth beneath his wings: from reddened eve
He views the rosy dawn.
In vain they weave The fatal web below while far he flies.
But when the arrow strikes him, there's a change.
He moves but in the track of his spent pain, Whose red drops are the links of a harsh chain, Binding him to the ground, with narrow range.
A subtle serpent then has Love become.
I had the eagle in my bosom erst: Henceforward with the serpent I am cursed.
I can interpret where the mouth is dumb.
Speak, and I see the side-lie of a truth.
Perchance my heart may pardon you this deed: But be no coward:--you that made Love bleed, You must bear all the venom of his tooth!

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