John Bannister Tabb

(1845-1909 / the United States)

Deflowered - Poem by John Bannister Tabb

All the light of heaven
In a single beam
Unto earth was given,
As a perfect dream,
Wherein one bated breath
Of ecstacy is Death.

All of faith's believing
In one smile of love;
All of life's receiving
In a frown thereof:
For one frail flower the less,
God's world a wilderness.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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