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Poem by Coventry Patmore


The Revelation


An idle poet, here and there,
Looks around him; but, for all the rest,
The world, unfathomably fair,
Is duller than a witling's jest.
Love wakes men, once a lifetime each;
They lift their heavy lids, and look;
And, lo, what one sweet page can teach,
They read with joy, then shut the book.
And some give thanks, and some blaspheme
And most forget; but, either way,
That and the Child's unheeded dream
Is all the light of all their day. 



                      Coventry Patmore


Coventry Patmore's other poems:
  1. Faint Yet Pursuing
  2. Lallegro
  3. The Spirit's Depths
  4. The Rosy Bosomd Hours
  5. Deliciae Sapientiae de Amore


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