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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
257. 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 glow-worm 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 soon find out his way.
 
You may esteem him
A child for his might;
Or you may deem him
A coward from his flight;        20
But if she whom love doth honour
Be conceal’d 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 thing, to be blind;
But if ne’er so close ye wall him,
Do the best that you may,        30
Blind love, if so ye call him,
Will find out his way.
 
You may train the eagle
To stoop to your fist;
Or you may inveigle        35
The phoenix of the east;
The lioness, ye may move her
To give o’er her prey;
But you’ll ne’er stop a lover:
He will find out his way.        40
 

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