YES, I know what you say:
Since it cannot be soul to soul,
Be it flesh to flesh, as it may;
But is Earth the whole ?
Shall a man betray the Past
For all Earth gives?
“ But the Past is dead ” ? At last,
It is all that lives.
Which were the nobler goal —
To snatch at the moment’s bliss,
Or to swear I will keep my soul
Clean for her kiss ?
Andrew Hedbrook.