by Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

All the breath and the bloom of the year...
Language: English 
	All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:
All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem:
In the core of one pearl all the shade and the shine of the sea:
Breath and bloom, shade and shine, -- wonder, wealth, and -- how far above them --
        Truth that's brighter than gem,
        Trust, that's purer than pearl, --
Brightest truth, purest trust in the universe--all were for me
        In the kiss of one girl. 

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