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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
VII. Love’s Power
Love
Thomas Kibble Hervey (1804–1859)
 
THERE are who say the lover’s heart
  Is in the loved one’s merged;
O, never by love’s own warm art
  So cold a plea was urged!
No!—hearts that love hath crowned or crossed        5
  Love fondly knits together;
But not a thought or hue is lost
  That made a part of either.
*        *        *        *        *
It is an ill-told tale that tells
  Of “hearts by love made one;”        10
He grows who near another’s dwells
  More conscious of his own;
In each spring up new thoughts and powers
  That mid love’s warm, clear weather,
Together tend like climbing flowers,        15
  And, turning, grow together.
 
Such fictions blink love’s better part,
  Yield up its half of bliss;
The wells are in the neighbor heart
  When there is thirst in this:        20
There findeth love the passion-flowers
  On which it learns to thrive,
Makes honey in another’s bowers,
  But brings it home to hive.
 
Love’s life is in its own replies,—        25
  To each low beat it beats,
Smiles back the smiles, sighs back the sighs,
  And every throb repeats.
Then, since one loving heart still throws
  Two shadows in love’s sun,        30
How should two loving hearts compose
  And mingle into one?
 
 
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