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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Love Will Find out the Way
Anonymous
 
OVER the mountains
  And over the waves,
Under the fountains
  And under the graves;
Under floods that are deepest,        5
  Which Neptune obey,
Over rocks that are steepest
  Love will find out the way.
 
Where there is no place
  For the glowworm to lie;        10
Where there is no space
  For receipt of a fly;
Where the midge dares not venture,
  Lest herself fast she lay;
If Love come, he will enter        15
  And will find out the way.
 
You may esteem him
  A child for his might;
Or you may deem him
  A coward for his flight;        20
But if she whom Love doth honour
  Be concealed from the day,
Set a thousand guards upon her,
  Love will find out the way.
 
Some think to lose him        25
  By having him confined;
And some do suppose him,
  Poor heart! to be blind;
But if ne’er so close you wall him,
  Do the best that you may,        30
Blind Love, if so you call him,
  He will find out his way.
 
You may train the eagle
  To stoop to your fist;
Or you may inveigle        35
  The phœnix of the east;
The lioness, you may move her
  To give o’er her prey;
But you’ll ne’er stop a lover,
  He will find out the way.        40
 
If the earth it should part him,
  He would gallop it o’er;
If the seas should o’erthwart him,
  He would swim to the shore.
Should his Love become a swallow,        45
  Through the air to stray,
Love will lend wings to follow,
  And will find out the way.
 
There is no striving
  To cross his intent,        50
There is no contriving
  His plots to prevent;
But if once the message greet him,
  That his true-love doth stay,
If death should come and meet him,        55
  Love will find out the way.
 
 
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