CONSTANCY

I will be true. Mad stars forsake their courses,
    And, led by reckless meteors, turn away
From paths appointed by Eternal Forces;
    But my fixed heart shall never go astray
Like those calm worlds whose sun-directed motion
    Is undisturbed by strife of wind or sea,
So shall my swerveless and serene devotion
    Sweep on for ever, loyal unto thee.

I will be true. The fickle tide, divided
    Between two wooing shores, in wild unrest
May to and fro shift always undecided;
    Not so the tide of Passion in my breast.
With the grand surge of some resistless river,
    That hurries on, past mountain, vale, and sea,
Unto the main, its waters to deliver,
    So my full heart keeps all its wealth for thee.

I will be true. Light barques may be belated,
    Or turned aside by every breeze at play,
While sturdy ships, well-manned and richly freighted,
    With fair sails flying, anchor safe in bay.
Like some firm rock, that, steadfast and unshaken,
    Stands all unmoved when ebbing billows flee,
So would my heart stand, faithful if forsaken---
    I will be true, though thou art false to me.

Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1917.


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