Poems I Like

from I Will Tell Thee What It Is To Love

Love? I will tell thee what it is to love!

It is to build with human thoughts a shrine,

Where Hope sits brooding like a beauteous dove;

Where Time seems young, and Life a thing diving.

All tastes, all pleasure, all desires combine

To consecrate this sanctuary of bliss.

Above, the stars in cloudless beauty shine;

Around, the streams their flowery margins kiss;

And if there’s heaven on earth, that heaven is surely this…

Charles Swain


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