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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. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 18. I never gave a lock of hair away
  2. Sonnets from the portuguese. 31. Thou comest! all is said without a word
  3. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 11. And therefore if to love can be desert
  4. The House of Clouds
  5. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 27. My own Belovëd, who hast lifted me


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")
  • 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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