by Richard Watson Gilder (1844 - 1909)

Not from the whole wide world I chose...
Language: English 
Not from the whole wide world I chose thee —
  Sweetheart, light of the land and the sea! 
The wide, wide world could not [inclose]1 thee, 
  For thou art the whole wide world to me.

Years have flown since I knew thee first,
  And I know thee as water is known of thirst;
Yet I knew thee of old at the first sweet sight,
  And thou art strange to me, Love, to-night.

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Confirmed with Yale Book of American Verse, Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed., New Haven, 1912, Nbr. 219.

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