Monday, April 27, 2009

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Love's Philosophy

A Romantic-era poet and playwright, Percy Bysshe Shelley took Mary Shelley (of Frankenstein fame) as his second wife, after leaving his first wife and child.

Love's Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle—
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

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