Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume II/Love that Faltered

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LOVE that faltered for an hour
Had not felt the awful power
Of the god whom gods adore;
 Of the god before whose portal
 Kneel the deathless and the mortal,—
Suppliant forever more.

 Love that faltered had not heard
Love's divine, compelling word,
Or it instant had obeyed;
 Giving with the glad devotion
 Of the river for the ocean,—
Doubting not, and unafraid.

 For with Love alone is joy
Free from shadow of alloy;
And before his sacred shrine,
 Sorrow in her deepest sadness
 Guards a hope more blest than gladness,
And through worship grows divine!