by Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Each on his own strict line we move
Language: English 
Each on his own strict line we move,
And some find death ere they find love;
So far apart their lives are thrown
From the twin soul which halves their own.
And sometimes, by still harder fate,
The lovers meet, but meet too late.
 -- Thy heart is mine! -- True, true! ah, true!
 -- Then, love, thy hand! -- Ah no! adieu!

H. Gál sets lines 1-6

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First published in Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems, 1852.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-02-07
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Word count: 59