Love and the Young Knight

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Love and the Young Knight

from: The Leather Bottle (P. 68)  1934


Said Love to the young knight,
   "I am the spur and the prize.
I am the hand of thy squire
   And the light in thy lady's eyes.
I am the force of thy arm
   That is more than of sinew and bone.
I am the favour of Arthur
   Smiling down from his throne.

"I am the spirit of Christ,
   High and white as a star.
I am the crown of Mary,
   Outlasting the helmets of war.
I am valour and peace,
   Anger and gentleness.
I am the master of pride
   And servant of distress."

Said Love to the young knight,
   "I am the humble task.
I am the high adventure
   Behind the visored mask.
I am the fire of faith
   That cools not with the years.
I am the lord of passion
   And comforter of tears."