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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
George Edward Woodberry. 1855–
 
13. "Immortal Love"
 
IMMORTAL love, too high for my possessing,— 
  Yet, lower than thee, where shall I find repose? 
  Long in my youth I sang the morning rose, 
By earthly things the heavenly pattern guessing! 
Long fared I on, beauty and love caressing,         5
  And finding in my heart a place for those 
  Eternal fugitives; the golden close 
Of evening folds me, still their sweetness blessing. 
  
Oh happy we, the first-born heirs of nature, 
  For whom the Heavenly Sun delays his light!  10
He by the sweets of every mortal creature 
  Tempers eternal beauty to our sight; 
And by the glow upon love's earthly feature 
  Maketh the path of our departure bright. 
 
 
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