by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Love is all
Language: English 
"Love is all
Unsatisfied
That cannot take the whole
Body and soul";
And that is what Jane said.

"Take the sour
If you take me
I can scoff and lour
And scold for an hour."
"That's certainly the case," said he.

"Naked I lay,
The grass my bed;
Naked and hidden away,
That black day";
And that is what Jane said.

"What can be shown?
What true love be?
All could be [known or shown]1
If Time were but gone."
"That's certainly the case," said he.

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1 Grill: "shown or known"

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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-03
Line count: 20
Word count: 86