Princes came from their distant quit
& offered Turantod 'the earth!'
but her price none could meet:
Each Prince she asks: "Your worth!"
The last one: "Permanence!
O Princess, and I offer you Innocence
again--Which is what you want."
She: "Who can that grant?"
He: "One absolute offense:
You will not find
(what you seek) by Mind
or Heart. It exists but
in th'bottomless pit of a single cut
severing Th'Balance that holds
in integrity--Life! that folds
eternally ( in a momentary
wave of moonlight) over a brief cemetery."
"It is for you I have put away
my life!" said Th'Princess Turantod
as she was giving him her yea,
& stumbling into her irrecoverable nod:
"O you so fathomless (a) guest
who with such mystery alone have won me:
tell me your name..."
"Princess, you know I'm Death: At your behest
come here. Whom you by others' noble names
couldn't summon, & so
finally called by th'most common.
That's how All comes to be the same
here in th'world of less & less."