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    Perfidy

    by D.H. Lawrence
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    Hollow rang the house when I knocked on the door,
    And I lingered on the threshold with my hand
    Upraised to knock and knock once more:
    Listening for the sound of her feet across the floor,
    Hollow re-echoed my heart.

    The low-hung lamps stretched down the road
    With shadows drifting underneath,
    With a music of soft, melodious feet
    Quickening my hope as I hastened to meet
    The low-hung light of her eyes.

    The golden lamps down the street went out,
    The last car trailed the night behind;
    And I in the darkness wandered about
    With a flutter of hope and of dark-shut doubt
    In the dying lamp of my love.

    Two brown ponies trotting slowly
    Stopped at a dim-lit trough to drink:
    The dark van drummed down the distance slowly;
    While the city stars so dim and holy
    Drew nearer to search through the streets.

    A hastening car swept shameful past,
    I saw her hid in the shadow,
    I saw her step to the curb, and fast
    Run to the silent door, where last
    I had stood with my hand uplifted.
    She clung to the door in her haste to enter,
    Entered, and quickly cast
    It shut behind her, leaving the street aghast.
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