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Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Love


We cannot live, except thus mutually
We alternate, aware or unaware,
The reflex act of life: and when we bear
Our virtue onward most impulsively,
Most full of invocation, and to be
Most instantly compellant, certes, there
We live most life, whoever breathes most air
And counts his dying years by sun and sea.
But when a soul, by choice and conscience, doth
Throw out her full force on another soul,
The conscience and the concentration both make
mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole
And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,
As nature's magnet-heat rounds pole with pole. 



                      Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Elizabeth Barrett Browning's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 15. Accuse Me Not, Beseech Thee, That I Wear
  2. Sonnet 32. The First Time
  3. Sonnet 16. And Yet, Because Thou
  4. Sonnet 10. Yet Love, Mere Love
  5. Sonnet 17. My Poet, Thou Canst Touch


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Love ("All thoughts, all passions, all delights") 1799
  • Rupert Brooke Love ("Love is a breach in the walls, a broken gate")
  • 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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