by Florence Earle Coates (1850 - 1927)

If Love were not
Language: English 
If Love were not, the wilding rose
Would in its leafy heart enclose
No chalice of perfume;
By mossy bank, in glen or grot,
No bird would build, if Love were not,
No flow'r complacent bloom;
The sunset clouds would lose their dyes,
The light would fade from beauty's eyes;
The stars their fires consume.
And something miss'd from hall and cot
Would leave the world, if Love were not,
A wilderness of gloom.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 74