Eros in Heaven

By George Sterling

Our love is all of crystal and of fire:
    The body's scarlet and the spirit's white
    Take as a star their splendor from the night,
Which is Love's day. So ere his day expire,
Ah! lead me to that Heaven of high desire
    Where soul and body gain the final height—
    Welded in dumb convulsions of delight—
To which unmingled they in vain aspire.

Oh! harken, on the silences of Fate,
The god within me calling to his mate,
    And with thy madnesses accord to me.
        Whom visions cheat and fantasies enmesh,
    The fierce, inseparable ecstasy,—
        The fury of the joy-tormented flesh!

Carmel.

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