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So, thou vision of all sweetness, princely to

a full completeness,

Would my heart and life flow onward, deathward, through this dream of THEE!"

Ever, evermore the while in slow silence

she kept smiling,

While the silver tears ran faster down the

blushing of her cheeks;

Then with both her hands infolding both

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of his, she softly told him,

Bertram, if I say I love thee, . . . 't is the

vision only speaks."

Softened, quickened to adore her, on his

knee he fell before her;

And she whispered low in triumph, "It shall

be as I have sworn!

Very rich he is in virtues, very noble, –

noble, certes;

And I shall not blush in knowing that men

call him lowly born!"

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