"Less than the Dust"

Original Text: 
Laurence Hope, The Garden of Kama And other Love Lyrics from India (London: William Heinemann, 1917): 3. PR 6027 I37G3 1917 Robarts Library
1Less than the dust, beneath thy Chariot wheel,
2Less than the rust, that never stained thy Sword,
3Less than the trust thou hast in me, Oh, Lord,
4           Even less than these!
5Less than the weed, that grows beside thy door,
6Less than the speed, of hours, spent far from thee,
7Less than the need thou hast in life of me.
8           Even less am I.
9Since I, Oh, Lord, am nothing unto thee,
10See here thy Sword, I make it keen and bright,
11Love's last reward, Death, comes to me to-night,
12           Farewell, Zahir-u-din.
Publication Start Year: 
1901
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2001
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