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  • Danish poet
    (14 December 1917 – 7 March 1976)

    The Eternal Three

    There are two men in the world, who
    Are crossing my path I see,
    And one is the man I love,
    The other's in love with me.

    And one exists in the nightly dreams
    Of my somber soul evermore,
    The other stands at the door of my heart
    But I will not open the door.

    And one once gave me a vernal breath
    Of happiness squandered-alack!
    The other gave me his whole, long life
    And never got an hour back.

    And one lives hot in the song of my blood
    Where love is pure, unbound-
    The other is one with the humdrum day
    Where all our dreams are drowned.

    Between these two every woman stands,
    In love, beloved, and white-
    And once every hundred years it happens
    That both in one unite.
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