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The loyalty of love

Language: English

I love thee, I love thee;
In vain I endeavour
To fly from thine image;
It haunts me for ever.

All things that rejoiced me
Now weary and pall;
I feel in thine absence
Bereft of mine all.

My heart is the dial;
Thy looks are the sun;
I count but the moments
Thou shinest upon.

Oh royal, believe me,
It is to controul [sic]
Two mighty dominions,
The Heart and the Soul.

To know that thy whisper
Each pang can beguile;
And feel that creation
Is lit by thy smile.

Yet every dominion
Needs care to retain --
Dost thou know when thou pain'st me
Or smile at the pain?

Alas the heart-sickness
The doubt and the dread,
When some word that we pine for
Cold lips have not said!

When no pulses respond to
The feelings we prove;
And we tremble to question
'If this can be love;'

At moments comparing
Thy heart with mine own,
I mourn not my bondage,
I sigh for thy throne.

For if thou forsake me
Too well I divine
That no love could defend thee
From sorrow like mine.

And this, Oh ungrateful,
I most should deplore--
That heart thou hadst broken
Could shield thee no more!

Confirmed with The Poetical and Dramatic Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., Vol. III, London: Chapman and Hall, 1853, pages 223-225.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2012-10-22.
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