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Poems of Cheer/Bound and free

Come to me, Love! Come on the wings of the wind!
   Fly as the ring-dove would fly to his mate!
Leave all your cares and your sorrows behind!
   Leave all the fears of your future to Fate!
Come! and our skies shall be glad with the gold
   That paled into gray when you parted from me.
Come! but remember that, just as of old,
   You must be bound, Love, and I must be free.

Life has lost savour since you and I parted;
   I have been lonely, and you have been sad.
Youth is too brief to be sorrowful-hearted -
   Come! and again let us laugh and be glad.
Lips should not sigh that are fashioned to kiss -
   Breasts should not ache that joy's secrets have found.
Come! but remember, in spite of all this,
   I must be free, Love, while you must be bound.

You must be bound to be true while you live,
   And I keep my freedom for ever, as now.
You must ask only for that which I give -
   Kisses and love-words, but never a vow.
Come! I am lonely, and long for your smile,
   Bring back the lost lovely Summer to me!
Come! but remember, remember the while,
   That you must be bound, Love, and I must be free.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.

The author died in 1919, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 99 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.