Now while delight is keen

,
My dearest heart ,
Before fate intervene
Rise and depart .

Better that love should fade
When fortunes fall :
What you cannot evade
At least forestall .

Love meet you on your way
Grief to remove :
I would not have you stay
Faithless to prove .

Yet if you choose to dare
What must ensue ,
My heart is in your care ,
Dear love , be true .

17th Oct. 1951 .

(there are 4 poems on this folded sheet)