Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume II/Vestal

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VESTAL

SHE dwelt apart, as one whom love passed by,
 Yet in her heart love glowed with steadfast beam;
 And as the moonlight on a wintry stream
With paly radiance doth glorify
All barren things that in its circle lie,
 So, from within, love shed so fair a gleam
 About her, that it made her desert seem
A paradise, abloom immortally.


Some rashly pitied her; but, to atone,
 If one perchance gazed long upon her face,
He grew to feel himself more strangely lone—
 Love lent her look such amplitude of grace;
Yet who that would have made that love his own
 Aught worthy had to offer in its place?