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What poets say about love

part 7


Pains of love be sweeter far

Than all other pleasures are.

        Dryden—Tyrannic Love. Act IV. Sc. 1.   101


Two souls in one, two hearts into one heart.

        Du Bartas—Divine Weekes and Workes. First Week. Pt. I. Sixth day. L. 1,057.   102


I’m sitting on the stile. Mary,

Where we sat side by side.

        Lady Dufferin—Lament of the Irish Emigrant.   103


Oh, tell me whence Love cometh!

  Love comes uncall’d, unsent.

Oh, tell me where Love goeth!

  That was not Love that went.

        Burden of a Woman. Found in J. W. Ebsworth’s Roxburghe Ballads.   104


The solid, solid universe

  Is pervious to Love;

With bandaged eyes he never errs,

  Around, below, above.

    His blinding light

    He flingeth white

On God’s and Satan’s brood,

    And reconciles

    By mystic wiles

The evil and the good.

        Emerson—Cupido.   105


But is it what we love, or how we love,

That makes true good?

        George Eliot—The Spanish Gypsy. Bk. I.   106


’Tis what I love determines how I love.

        George Eliot—The Spanish Gypsy. Bk. I.   107


Women know no perfect love:

Loving the strong, they can forsake the strong;

Man clings because the being whom he loves

Is weak and needs him.

        George Eliot—The Spanish Gypsy. Bk. III.   108


A ruddy drop of manly blood

  The surging sea outweighs;

The world uncertain comes and goes,

  The lover rooted stays.

        Emerson—Essays. First Series. Epigraph to Friendship.   109


Love, which is the essence of God, is not for levity, but for the total worth of man.

        Emerson—Essays. Of Friendship.   110


All mankind love a lover.

        Emerson—Essays. Of Love.   111


Venus, when her son was lost,

Cried him up and down the coast,

In hamlets, palaces, and parks,

And told the truant by his marks,—

Golden curls, and quiver, and bow.

        Emerson—Initial, Demoniac, and Celestial Love. St. 1.   112


Mais on revient toujours

A ses premières amours.

  But one always returns to one’s first loves.

        Quoted by Etienne in Joconde. Act III. 1. Same idea in Pliny—Natural History. X. 63.   113


Venus, thy eternal sway

All the race of men obey.

        Euripides—Iphigenia in Aulis.   114


He is not a lover who does not love for ever.

        Euripides—Troades. 1,051.   115


Wedded love is founded on esteem.

        Elijah Fenton—Mariamne.   116


Love is the tyrant of the heart; it darkens

Reason, confounds discretion; deaf to Counsel

It runs a headlong course to desperate madness.

        John Ford—The Lover’s Melancholy. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 105.   117


If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

        Benj. Franklin—Poor Richard. (1755).   118


Love, then, hath every bliss in store;

’Tis friendship, and ’tis something more.

Each other every wish they give;

Not to know love is not to live.

        Gay—Plutus, Cupid and Time. L. 135.   119


I saw and loved.

        Gibbon—Autobiographic Memoirs. P. 48.   120

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