Forever

Edgar A. Guest
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Forever is a long time,
     the life of moon and stars,
A longer life than churches know,
     or prison gates and bars,|
And I have vowed to love her,
     forever and a day,
A vow that knows no changing
     or crumbling or decay.

Forever is a long time,
     the life of sea and tide,
No calendar can mark it,
     no seasons can divide;
It has no bitter ending
     let life bring what it may,
My love must last forever,
     forever and a day.

Though buildings fall in ruins
     and earthly splendors fade;
Though death shall separate us,
     still stands the vow I made;
Though fashions change and fancies sweep
     all charms we know away,
Our love must last forever, forever and a day.

 

Collected Verse of Edgar A. Guest
(Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books, 1976), 788

 

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