The Love Sonnets Of Proteus. Part II; To Juliet Xl
THE SAME CONTINUED
‘Tis strange we are thus parted, not by death
Or man’s device, but by our own mad will,
We who have stood together on life’s path
Through half a youth of good repute and ill,
Friends more than lovers. See, Love’s citadel
We held so stoutly ‘gainst a world in arms
Lies all dismantled now, a sight to fill
The Earth with lamentations and alarms.
Whose was the fault? I dare not ask nor say.
If there was treachery, ’tis best untold.
The price of treason we receive to–day
Is paid to both of us in evil gold.
Ay, take thy bitter freedom. ‘Tis the fee
Of love betrayed and faith’s apostasy.