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The Wayfarers

by Rupert Brooke, 1916

Is it the hour? We leave this resting-place
  Made fair by one another for a while.
Now, for a god-speed, one last mad embrace;
  The long road then, unlit by your faint smile.
Ah! the long road! and you so far away!
Oh, I'll remember! but ... each crawling day
Will pale a little your scarlet lips, each mile
  Dull the dear pain of your remembered face.

...Do you think there's a far border town, somewhere,
  The desert's edge, last of the lands we know,
  Some gaunt eventual limit of our light,
  In which I'll find you waiting; and we'll go
Together, hand in hand again, out there,
  Into the waste we know not, into the night?

Published in The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke

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