Girl to Soldier on Leave
GIRL TO SOLDIER ON LEAVE by ISAAC ROSENBERG
I love you---Titan lover, My own storm-days' Titan. Greater than the son of Zeus, I know whom I would choose.
Titan---my splendid rebel--- The old Prometheus Wanes like a ghost before your power--- His pangs were joys to yours.
Pallid days arid and wan Tied your soul fast. Babel cities' smoky tops Pressed upon your growth
Weary gyves. What were you But a word in the brain's ways, Or the sleep of Circe's swine? One gyve holds you yet.---
It held you hiddenly on the Somme Tied from my heart at home. O must it loosen now?---I wish You were bound with the old old gyves.
Love! you love me---your eyes Have looked through death at mine. You have tempted a grave too much. I let you---I repine.
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|Author||Rosenberg, Isaac (1890-1918)|
|Title||Girl to Soldier on Leave|
|Copyright||The Isaac Rosenberg Literary Estate. Preliminaries and editorial matter omitted.|
|First line||I love you---Titan lover,|
|Publication source||The Collected Poems of Isaac Rosenberg|
|Publication editor||Bottomley, Gordon and Harding, Denys|
|Publishers||Chatto Windus Ltd.|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|