Ernest Dowson: Rondel

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A charming poem about the love of a child.

RONDEL

Ah, dear child, in whose kiss
♦ ♦ ♦ Is healing of my pain,
Since life has given me this,
♦ ♦ ♦ I will no more complain.
My heart to life, ywis,
♦ ♦ ♦ Thy clinging hands enchain,
Ah, dear child in whose kiss,
♦ ♦ ♦ Is healing of my pain.
Love me—I shall not miss
♦ ♦ ♦ Old loves that did but stain,
Thy blue eyes teach me bliss,—
♦ ♦ ♦ I am not all in vain,
Ah, dear child, in whose kiss
♦ ♦ ♦ Is healing of my pain.

Source: from Poésie Schublade, in Ernest Dowson Collected Poems, Robert Kelsey Rought Thornton and Caroline Dowson (editors), Birmingham University Press, 2003.

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