Poem of the Week: Love’s Philosophy

Thursday Greetings!

This week’s poem, Love’s Philosophy, is one of the more humorous of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poetry. Shelley (1792-1822) was a popular English Romantic poet and a friend to Lord Byron.

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Love’s Philosophy

“The fountains mingle with the river
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
   With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
   All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
   Why not I with thine?—
See the mountains kiss high heaven
   And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
   If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
   And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
   If thou kiss not me?”
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