Books: Great Minor Poet

FRANCIS THOMPSON: IN HIS PATHS—Terence L. Connolly—Bruce ($2.75).

"Strange, piteous, futile thing!

Wherefore should any set thee love apart?

Seeing none but I makes much of naught" (He said),

"And human love needs human meriting:

How hast thou merited—"Of all man's clotted clay the dingiest

clot?

Alack, thou knowest not How little worthy of any love thou art?

Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble

thee

Save Me, save only Me? All which I took from thee I did but

take,

Not for thy harms, But just that thou might'st seek it in

My arms.

All which thy child's mistake...

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