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Poem by Rupert Chawner Brooke


Love


 Love is a breach in the walls, a broken gate,
   Where that comes in that shall not go again;
 Love sells the proud heart's citadel to Fate.
   They have known shame, who love unloved. Even then,
 When two mouths, thirsty each for each, find slaking,
   And agony's forgot, and hushed the crying
 Of credulous hearts, in heaven--such are but taking
   Their own poor dreams within their arms, and lying
 Each in his lonely night, each with a ghost.
   Some share that night. But they know, love grows colder,
 Grows false and dull, that was sweet lies at most.
   Astonishment is no more in hand or shoulder,
 But darkens, and dies out from kiss to kiss.
 All this is love; and all love is but this.



Rupert Chawner Brooke


Rupert Chawner Brooke's other poems:
  1. On the Death of Smet-Smet, the Hippopotamus-Goddess
  2. Fafaia
  3. The One Before the Last
  4. The Way That Lovers Use
  5. Sonnet: in Time of Revolt


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Love ("All thoughts, all passions, all delights") 1799
  • Elizabeth Barrett-Browning Love ("We cannot live, except thus mutually")
  • Charles Calverley Love ("Canst thou love me, lady?")
  • Thomas Gent Love ("Love!Чwhat is love? a mere machine, a spring")
  • Nicholas Breton Love ("Foolish love is only folly")
  • Dora Sigerson Shorter Love ("Deep in the moving depths")
  • Alexander Smith Love ("THE fierce exulting worlds, the motes in rays")
  • Henry Van Dyke Love ("Let me but love my love without disguise")
  • Jones Very Love ("I asked of Time to tell me where was Love")
  • Ella Wilcox Love ("The longer I live and the more I see")
  • John Kenyon Love ("Mother! I've seen a little boy")

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