A Diversity of Creatures/'Helen all Alone'

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'HELEN ALL ALONE'

There was darkness under Heaven
   For an hour's space—
Darkness that we knew was given
   Us for special grace.
Sun and moon and stars were hid,
   God had left His Throne,
When Helen came to me, she did,
   Helen all alone!


Side by side (because our fate
   Damned us ere our birth)
We stole out of Limbo Gate
   Looking for the Earth.
Hand in pulling hand amid
   Fear no dreams have known,
Helen ran with me, she did,
   Helen all alone!


When the Horror passing speech
   Hunted us along,
Each laid hold on each, and each
   Found the other strong.

In the teeth of things forbid
   And Reason overthrown,
Helen stood by me, she did,
   Helen all alone!


When, at last, we heard the Fires
   Dull and die away,
When, at last, our linked desires
   Dragged us up to day,
When, at last, our souls were rid
   Of what that Night had shown,
Helen passed from me, she did,
   Helen all alone!


Let her go and find a mate,
   As I will find a bride,
Knowing naught of Limbo Gate
   Or Who are penned inside.
There is knowledge God forbid
   More than one should own.
So Helen went from me, she did,
   Oh my soul, be glad she did!
Helen all alone!


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