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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. Pine-Trees and the Sky: Evening
  2. He Wonders Whether to Praise or to Blame Her
  3. Sometimes Even Now I May
  4. Thoughts on the Shape of the Human Body
  5. Dining-Room Tea


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Love ("All thoughts, all passions, all delights") 1799
  • Elizabeth Browning Love ("We cannot live, except thus mutually")
  • George Herbert Love ("LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back")
  • Charles Calverley Love ("Canst thou love me, lady?")
  • Nicholas Breton Love ("Foolish love is only folly")
  • Alexander Smith Love ("THE fierce exulting worlds, the motes in rays")

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