Debby K's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Fan Fiction




I was inspired by the poetry which Sully shared with Michaela in the DQ episode "The Library," to incorporate poetry into my fan fiction. What follows is a listing of the verses and poems used in my stories.


From How Do I Love Thee?

"Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, or hills or fields,
or woods or steepy mountains yields."-Christopher Marlowe


"For thy sweet love rememb'red such wealth brings
That I scorn to change my state with kings."-Shakespeare


"She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes,
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies."-Lord Byron


"My heart, why by a secret harmony still moves with thine,
join'd in connection sweet."-John Milton


"To see her is to love her,
and love but her forever."-Robert Burns


"Fast-anchor'd, eternal, O love!
O woman I love!
O bride! O wife!
More resistless than I can tell,
the thought of you!"-Walt Whitman


"I love all that thou lovest,
Spirit of Delight!
The fresh Earth in new leaves dressed,
And the starry night;
Autumn evening, and the morn
When the golden mists are born."-Percy Bysshe Shelley


"How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death."-Elizabeth Barrett Browning



From The Child:

"Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt the truth be a liar;
But never doubt that I love."-Shakespeare


"The face of all the world is changed, I think,
Since I first heard the footsteps of thy soul."-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


"Give all to love;
Obey thy heart."-Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Our souls sit close and silently within,
And their own web from their own entrails spin;
And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such,
That, spider like, we feel the tenderest touch."-John Milton



From The Naturalist:

"My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."-Song of Solomon, Chapter 2



From Vigilante:

"My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep;
The more I give to thee, the more I have,
For both are infinite."-Shakespeare


"Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, in every gesture dignity and love." -Milton


"Absence doth sharpen love."-Thomas Overbury



From A Bad Dream:

"Eternity was in our lips and eyes;
Bliss in our brows bent."-Shakespeare


"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame."-Elizabeth Barrett Browning



From Sins of the Father:

"There be none of Beauty's daughters
with magic like thee;
And like music on the waters
Is thy sweet voice to me."-Byron



From Yankee Hill:

"Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one."-Keats


"Hail, wedded love! Mysterious law, true source of human offspring,
Sole propriety, In Paradise of all things common else."-Milton



From The Grand Tour:

"Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life, the evening beam that smiles the clouds away and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray."-Byron


"To his eye, there was but one beloved face on earth, and that was shining on him."-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


"My heart is ever at your service."-Shakespeare


"She doth teach the torches to burn bright."-Shakespeare


"A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases;
It will never pass into nothingness."-Keats


"I cannot exist without you.
I am forgetful of everything but seeing you...
My life seems to stop there.
I see no further.
You have absorbed me."-Keats


"The light of love
The purity of grace
The mind, the music breathing from her face
The heart whose softness harmonized the whole--
And oh, that eye was in itself a soul!"-Byron



From Baby Boom:

"I love thee. In thy sight I stand transfigured, glorified aright,
With conscience of the new rays that proceed
Out of my face toward thine."-Elizabeth Browning


"Pillowed upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel forever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so to live forever..."-Keats


"Love is Nature's second sun,
Causing a spring of virtues where he shines."-George Chapman


"She gave me eyes, she gave me ears;
And humble cares, and delicate fears;
A heart, the fountain of sweet tears;
And love and thought and joy."-Wordsworth


"And her face so fair,
Stirred with her dream as rose-leaves with the air."-Byron


My heart leaps up when I behold."-Wordsworth


"Poets are all who love, who feel great truths and tell them.
And the truth of truth is love."-Philip James Bailey


"Sensations sweet, felt in the blood, and felt along the heart."-Wordsworth



From A Gilded Age:

"Thou art fairer than the evening air,
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars."- Marlowe


"There's in you all that we believe of heaven-
Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
Eternal joy and everlasting love."-Thomas Otway


"If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man
Compare me ye women if you can."-Anne Bradstreet


"We have lived and loved together
Through many changing years
We have shared each other's gladness,
And wept each other's tears."-Charles Jefferys


"She's adorned
Amply that in her husband's eye looks lovely,--
The truest mirror that an honest wife
Can see her beauty in."-John Tobin



From You Are Cordially Invited:

"Day by day, he gazed upon her.
Day by day, he sighed with passion.
Day by day, his heart within him
Grew more hot with love and longing."-Longfellow


"I do love nothing in the world so well as you."-Shakespeare


"Then let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments"-Shakespeare


"You have ravished me away with a power I cannot resist."-Keats


"Thou wast all that to me, love,
For which my soul did pine:
A green isle in the sea of love,
A fountain and a shrine."-Poe


"There is nothing holier in this life of ours, than the first consciousness of love..."-Longfellow



From Circumstantial Evidence:

"Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright."-Shakespeare


"The stars of midnight shall be dear
To her; and she shall lean her ear
In many a secret place
Where rivulets dance their wayward round,
And beauty born of murmuring sound
Shall pass into her face."-Wordsworth


"All love is sweet, given or returned.
Common as light is love, and its familiar voice wearies never."-Shelley



From Powers of Healing:

"My hope, my hap, my love, my life, my joy"-Du Bartas


"I'll hear thy voice of melody
In the sweet whispers of the air;
I'll see the brightness of thine eye
In the blue evening's dewy stare;
In crystal streams thy purity,
And look on Heaven to look on thee."-George Darley


"And oh ye Fountains, Meadows, Hills, and Groves,
Think not of any severing of our loves!
Yet in my heart of hearts I feel your might;
I have relinquished one delight
To live beneath your more habitual sway
I love the Brooks, which down their channels fret,
Even more than when I tripped lightly as they;
The innocent brightness of a new-born Day
Is lovely yet;
The Clouds that gather round the setting sun
Do take a sober coloring from an eye
That hath kept watch o'er man's mortality;
Another race hath been, and other palms are won.
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears."-Wordsworth


"Her face was as the summer cloud, whereon
The dawning sun delights to rest its rays."-Byron


"She was a form of life and light
That seen became a part of sight,
And rose, where 'ere I turned mine eye,
The morning star of memory
Yes, love indeed is light from heaven;
A spark of that immortal fire..."-Byron



From A Matter of the Heart:

"Though weary, love is not tired.
Though pressed, it is not straightened.
Though alarmed, it is not confounded.
Love securely passes through all."-Thomas a Kempis


"Her face was as the summer cloud, whereon
the dawning sun delights to rest his rays..."-Byron


"O woman! Lovely woman! Nature made thee to temper man;
We had been brutes without you.
Angels are painted fair to look like you..."-Thomas Otway



From A Cherished Reminder:

"He spake of love, such love as spirits feel
In worlds whose courage is equable and pure;
No fears to beat away, no strife to heal,
The past unsighed for, and the future sure."-Wordsworth


"Let us cherish, while yet the taper glows."-Usteri



From Transitions:

"O're her warm cheek and rising bosom move
The bloom of young desire and purple light of love."-Thomas Gray

"Lady, thy face is very beautiful,
A calm and stately beauty: thy dark hair
Hangs as the passing winds pay homage there;
And gems, such gems as only princes cull
From earth's rich veins, are round thy neck and arm..."-Landon
"In peace, Love tunes the shepherd's reed;
In war, he mounts the warrior's steed;
In halls, in gay attire is seen;
In hamlets, dances on the green.
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
And men below and saints above;
For love is heaven, and heaven is love."-Walter Scott


"From the desert I come to thee,
On a stallion shod with fire;
And the winds are left behind
In the speed of my desire."-Bayard Taylor


"Thou art all I could ever dream be
My heart, the very air I breathe;
And when I falter, fail or fall,
In your arms, my love, I shall recall
The truest friend, the dearest wife
In one man's time, in one man's life."-original poem for Sully to Michaela


"I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night.
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright.
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
Has led me--who knows how?--
To thy chamber, sweet!"-Shelley


"Speak once more--thou lovest!
Who can fear too many stars,
Though each in heaven shall roll,
Too many flowers,
Though each shall crown the year?
Say thou dost love me, love me, love me--toll
The silver iterance!--only minding, Dear
To love me also in silence with thy soul."-Elizabeth Browning


"Dark was her hair, her hand was white;
Her voice was exquisitely tender;
Her eyes were full of liquid light;
I never saw a waist so slender;
Her every look, her every smile,
Shot right and left a score of arrows;
I thought twas Venus from her isle,
I wondered where she'd left her sparrows."-Winthrop Praed



From Passages:

"When love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony."-Shakespeare


"Serene and happy will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security."-Wordsworth


"True beauty dwells in deep retreats,
Whose veil is unremoved
Till heart with heart in concord beats,
And the lover is beloved."-Wordsworth


"Parting is such sweet sorrow."-Shakespeare


"There is but one happiness in life,
To love and be loved."-Sand


"It is no act of common passage, but a strain of rareness."-Shakespeare



From What's Past:

"True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven;
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes soon as granted fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire,
With dead desire it doth not die,
It is the secret sympathy,
The silver link, the sunken tie,
Which heart to heart and mind to mind
In body and in soul can bind."-Walter Scott


"To sorrow
I bade good-morrow,
And thought to leave her far away behind;
But cheerly, cheerly,
She loves me dearly;
She is so constant to me, and so kind."-Keats


"Oh Love! in such a wilderness as this
Where transport and security entwine,
Here is the empire of thy perfect bliss,
And here thou art a god indeed divine."-Byron



From Compromises:

"She was as good as she was fair,
None--none on earth above her!
As pure in thought as angels are:
To know her was to love her."-Samuel Rogers


"I recognize you in all the beauty that surrounds me--in form,
in color, in perfume, in harmonious sound:
all of these mean you to me."-Juliette Drouet


"How much the wife is dearer than the bride,"-Lord Lyttleton


"More happy love! more happy, happy love!
For ever warm and still to be enjoyed,
For ever panting, and for ever young."-Keats


"O woman! in our hours of ease
Uncertain, coy, and hard to please,
And variable as the shade
By the light quivering aspen made;
When pain and anguish wring the brow,
A ministering angel thou!"-Walter Scott


"There is in souls a sympathy with sounds;
And as the mind is pitched the ear is pleased
With melting airs or martial, brisk or grave;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touched within us, and the heart replies.
How soft the music of those village bells
Falling at intervals upon the ear
In cadence sweet!"-William Cowper



From Cave-in:

"Love is indestructible,
It's holy flame forever burneth;
From heaven it came, to heaven it returneth."-Robert Southey


Excerpts from The Boston Hymn by Emerson:


"The word of the Lord by night
To the watching Pilgrims came,
As they sat by the seaside,
And filled their hearts with flame...."


"Call the people together,
The young men and the sires,
The digger in the harvest field,
Hireling, and him that hires."


"And here in a pine statehouse
They shall choose men to rule...."


"My will fulfilled shall be
For, in daylight or in dark,
My thunderbolt has eyes to see
His way home to the mark."


"Flowers are lovely;
Love is flower-like."-Coleridge



From Kiss Me, Mike:

"I have immortal longings in me"-Shakespeare


"A lovely lady,
garmented in light
from her own beauty."-Shelley


"It is a wise father that knows his own child."-Shakespeare


"Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee
And for thy maintenance; commits his body to
painful labor both by sea and land,
to watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
Whilst thou liest safe at home, secure and safe;
and craves no other tribute at thy hands
but love, fair looks, and true obedience;
Too little payment for so great a debt."-Shakespeare


"O for a life of sensations rather than of thoughts!"-Keats


"Why there's a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate"-Shakespeare


"Come, Kate, we'll to bed."-Shakespeare



From Goin' Courtin':

"Grow to my lip, thou sacred kiss,
On which my soul's beloved swore
That there should come a time of bliss,
When she would mock my hopes no more;
And fancy shall thy glow renew,
In sighs at morn, and dreams at night,
And none shall steal thy holy dew
Till thou 'rt absolv'd by rapture's rite.
Sweet hours that are to make me blest
Oh! fly, like breezes, to the goal,
And let my love, my more than soul,
Come panting to this fever'd breast;
And while in every glance I drink
The rich o'erflowings of her mind,
Oh! let her all impassion'd sink,
In sweet abandonment resign'd,
Blushing for all our struggles past,
And murmuring 'I am thine at last!"-Thomas Moore


"Oh, could you view the melody
Of every grace
And music of her face..."-Richard Lovelace


"Her air, her manners, all who saw admir'd;
Courteous though coy, and gentle though retir'd.
The joy of youth and health her eyes display'd,
And ease of heart her every look convey'd."-George Crabbe


"Myriads of daisies have shone forth in flower
Near the lark's nest, and in their natural hour
Have passed away; less happy than the one
That by the unwilling ploughshare died to prove
The tender charm of poetry and love."-Wordsworth


"What fond delight does love excite
When sentiment takes part!
The faltering sigh,
Voluptuous eye
And palpitating heart."-Charlotte Dacre



From Thanksgiving:

"Love and the gentle heart are but a single thing,"-Dante


"If the heart of a man is depressed with cares,
The mist is dispelled when a woman appears."-John Gay


"Hearts are not had as a gift, but hearts are earned,"-Yeats



From Until I Die:

"It is the hour when from the boughs
The nightingale's high note is heard;
It is the hour when lovers' vows
Seem sweet in every whisper'd word."-Byron


"The sky is changed,--and such a change! O night
And storm and darkness! ye are wondrous strong,
Yet lovely in your strength, as is the light
Of a dark eye in woman!"-Byron


"Whene'er I view those lips of thine,
Their hue invites my fervent kiss."-Byron



From Aftermath:

"The cheeks which sprung from Beauty's mould,
The lips, which made me Beauty's slave."-Byron


"When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night,
and pay no worship to the garish sun."-Shakespeare



From Diplomacy:

"Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher."-Wordsworth


"...what I am, doth flash itself, and show
How that great work of Love enhances Nature's."-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


"And her face so fair
Stirr'd with her dream, as rose-leaves with the air."-Byron



From Friends and Enemies:

"You were made perfectly to be loved."-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


"My whole heart rises up to bless
Your name in pride and thankfulness."-Robert Browning


"The heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her god, when he sets,
The same look which she turned when he rose."-Thomas Moore


"Give me a kiss, add to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more,
A thousand to that hundred, so kiss on,
To make that thousand a million,
Triple that million, and when that is done,
Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun."-Robert Herrick


"Thou art my life, my love, my heart;
The very eyes of me:
And hast command of every part;
To live and die for thee."-Robert Herrick



From Language of the Heart:

"Then nature rule,
And love, devoid of art,
Spoke the consenting language
of the heart."-John Gay


"If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
And in fresh numbers all your graces,
The age to come would say, 'This poet lies;
Such heavenly touches ne'er touched earthly faces.'"-Shakespeare


"Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake.
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou,
And slip into my bosom and be lost in me."-Tennyson


"Mine, and most of our fortunes, tonight, shall be drunk to bed." -Shakespeare


"Company, villainous company, hath been the spoil of me.'"-Shakespeare


"To sleep, perchance to dream."-Shakespeare


"So wise, so young, they say, do never live long."-Shakespeare


"A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"-Shakespeare


"From woman's eyes this doctrine I derive,
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academies,
That show, contain and nourish all the world."-Shakespeare


"My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain."-Shakespeare


"I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;
And if I die no soul will pity me:
And wherefore should they, since that I myself
Find in myself no pity to myself?"-Shakespeare


"Her angel's face
As the great eye of heaven shined bright,
And made a sunshine in the shady place;
Did never mortal eye behold such heavenly grace."-Edmund Spenser


"Love in her sunny eyes does basking play;
Love walks the pleasant mazes of her hair;
Love does on both her lips forever stray;
And sows and reaps a thousand kisses there."-Abraham Cowley



From Second Chance:

"Each kiss a heart-quake,
For a kiss's strength,
I think it must be reckoned by its length."-Byron


"When beauty fires the blood,
How love exalts the mind."-Dryden


"Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
For that's the stuff life is made of."-Benjamin Franklin


"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal."-Byron



From Solitude:

"My heart shall be thy garden."-Alice Meynell


"Stone walls do not a prison make
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for a hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty."-Richard Lovelace


"To love one maiden only, to cleave to her,
And worship her by years of noble deeds,
Until they won her, for indeed I knew,
Of no more subtle master under heaven
Than is the maiden passion for a maid,
Not only to keep down the base in man,
But teach high thought, and amiable words
And courtliness, and the desire of fame,
And love of truth, and all that makes a man."-Tennyson



From Post-Revolutions:

"Ideals are like the stars:
We never reach them,
but like the mariners of the sea,
we chart our course by them."-Carl Schurz


"I dare not ask a kiss,
I dare not beg a smile,
Lest having that, or this,
I might grow proud the while.
No, not the utmost share,
Of my desire, shall be
Only to kiss that air,
That lately kissed thee."-Robert Herrick


"For she was beautiful--her beauty made
The bright world dim..."-Shelley


"What is better than wisdom?
Woman.
And what is better than a good woman?
Nothing!"-Chaucer


"My heart is like a singing bird
Whose next is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit.
"My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love has come to me."-Christina Rossetti



From The Scrapbook:

"I would love infinitely,
And be loved!"-Robert Browning



From Gold Rush:

"Heaven is free from clouds,
But of all colors seems to be,--
Melted to one vast iris of the West,--
Where the day joins the past eternity."-Byron


"We only part, to meet again.
Change, as ye list, ye winds;
My heart shall be
The faithful compass that still points to thee."-John Gay


"Love is more than gold or great riches."-John Lydgate


"With the first dream that comes with the first sleep
I run, I run, I am gathered to thy heart."-Alice Meynell



From Faith of Our Fathers:

"And the rose like a nymph to the bath addressed,
Which unveiled the depth of her growing breast..."
"Til, fold after fold, to the fainting air
The soul of her beauty and love lay bare."-Shelley


'...Stars....the poetry of heaven,' Byron


"Twere all one,
That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it...."- Shakespeare


"Thou art my way; I wander, if thou fly;
Thou art my light; if hid, how blind am I!
Thou are my life; if thou withdraw, I die."-Francis Quarles


"There shall be love, when genial morn appears,
Like pensive Beauty smiling in her tears,
To watch the brightening roses of the sky
And muse on Nature with a poet's eye!"-Thomas Campbell



From A Fork in the Road:

"Our journey had advanced--
Our feet were almost come
To that old Fork in Being's Road--
Eternity--by term."-Emily Dickinson


"So let us love, dear love,
Like as we ought."-Chaucer


"We have seen thee, O Love
Thou art fair;
Thou art goodly,
O Love."-Algernon Swinburne


"I wonder, by my troth,
What thou and I did
'Til we loved."-John Donne


"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."-Henry David Thoreau


"Our life is frittered away by detail."-Thoreau


"O love, what hours were thine and mine..."-Tennyson


"Here, will I dwell,
For heaven be in these lips."-Christopher Marlowe



From Rendezvous:

"Love is a fervent fire."-Alexander Scott


"There is a lady sweet and kind,
Was never face so pleased my mind,
I did but see her passing by,
And yet I love her till I die."-Thomas Ford


"This is the very ecstasy of love."-William Shakespeare



From The Fugitive:

"But love, first learned in a lady's eyes
Lives not alone immured in the brain,
But with the motion of all elements
Courses as swift as thought in every power,
And gives to every power a double power..."-Shakespeare



From What Life Brings:

"To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still."-Shakespeare

"The rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the rose,
The moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are bare,
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth."-Wordsworth

"Love, if you knew the light
That your soul casts in my sight,
How I look to you
For the pure and true
And the beauteous and the right."-Robert Browning



From Hauntings:

"A heart as soft, a heart as kind,
A heart as sound and free,
As in the whole world thou canst find,
That heart I'll give to thee!"-Shelley

"Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art..."-Keats

"What thou art is mine;
Our state cannot be severed; we are one,
One flesh; to lose thee were to lose myself."-Milton

"With thousand such enchanting dreams,
That meet to make sleep not so sound,
As sweet."-Herrick



From Journeys End:

"Oft have I heard both youth and virgin say
Birds choose their mates, and couples, too, this day;
But by their flight I can never divine,
When I shall couple with my Valentine?"-Herrick

"Out of my sight. Thou dost infect my eyes."-Shakespeare

"Journeys end in lovers meeting"-Shakespeare

"Wild nights. Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile the winds
To a heart in port
Done with the compass
Done with the chart.
Rowing in Eden.
Ah, the sea.
Might I but moor
Tonight with thee!"-Dickinson

"What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun!"-Shakespeare



From For Dear Life:

"Love me, for I love you--and answer me.
Love me, for I love you--so we shall stand
As happy equals in the flowering land
Of love, that knows not a dividing sea.
Love builds the house on rock and not on sand,
Love laughs what while the winds rave desperately;
And who hath found love's citadel unmanned?
And who hath held in bonds love's liberty?"-Christina Rossetti

"O Love! O fire! once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul thro'
My lips, as sunlight drinketh the dew."-Tennyson



From Guardian of My Heart:

"Therefore I am still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear,--both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognize
In nature and the language of the sense,
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my mortal being...."-Wordsworth

"Then I was thrill'd and melted, and most warm
Impressed a father's kiss: and all beguil'd
Of dark remembrance and presageful fear,
I seem'd to see an angel form appear-
Twas even thine, beloved woman mild!
So for the mother's sake the child was dear,
And dearer was the mother for the child."-Coleridge

"And from thy side two gentle babes are born
To fill our home with smiles, and thus we are
Most fortunate beneath life's beaming morn;
And these delights, and thou, have been to me
The parents of the Song I consecrate to thee."-Shelley



From Chautauqua:

"How delicious is the winning
Of a kiss at Love's beginning,
When two mutual hearts are sighing
For the knot there's no untying!"-Thomas Campbell

"A heart as soft,
A heart as kind,
As sound and free
As in the whole world thou canst find,
That heart I'll give to thee."-Robert Herrick

"He who has followed the path of love's initiation in the proper order will, on arriving at the end, suddenly perceive a marvelous beauty, the source of all our efforts."-Plato

"I see thy beauty gradually unfold,
Daily and hourly, more and more.
I muse, as in a trance, the while
Slowly, as from a cloud of gold,
Comes out thy deep ambrosial smile.
I muse, as in a trance, when'er
The languors of thy love-deep eyes
Float on to me. I would I were
So tranced, so rapt in ecstasies,
To stand apart, and to adore,
Gazing on thee for evermore...."-Tennyson

"Were I as based as is the lowly plain,
And you, my Love, as high as heaven above,
Yet should the thoughts of me your humble swain
Ascend to heaven, in honor of my Love.
Were I as high as heaven above the plain,
And you, my Love, as humble as low
As the deepest bottoms of the main,
Whereso'er you were, with you my love should go.
Were you the earth, dear Love, and I the skies,
My love should shine on you like to the sun,
And look upon you with ten thousand eyes
Till heaven wax'd blind, and till the world were done.
Whereso'er I am, below, or else above you,
Whereso'er you are, my heart shall truly love you."-Sylvester

–For it is a fire that, kindling its first embers in the narrow nook of a private bosom, caught from a wandering spark out of another private heart, glows and enlarges until it warms and beams upon multitudes of men and women, upon the universal heart of all, and so lights up the whole world and all nature with its generous flames.”-Emerson

"How good is man's life, the mere living!
How fit to employ all the heart and soul and senses,
Forever in joy!"-Robert Browning



From Passions and Principles:

"As the inhastening tide doth roll,
Home from the deep, along the whole
Wide shining strand, and floods the caves,
Your love comes filling with happy waves
The open seashore of my soul."-Alice Meynell

"LIVE, live with me, and thou shalt see
The pleasures I'll prepare for thee;
What sweets the country can afford
Shall bless thy bed, and bless thy board."-Herrick

"Go, happy rose, and interwove
With other flowers, bind my love."-Herrick



From Friends in Need:


"All the bells of heaven may ring,
All the birds of heaven may sing,
All the wells on earth may spring,
All the winds on earth may bring
All sweet sounds together---
Sweeter far than all things heard,
Hand of harper, tone of bird,
Sound of woods at sundawn stirred,
Welling water's winsome word,
Wind in warm wan weather,

One thing yet there is, that none
Hearing ere its chime be done
Knows not well the sweetest one
Heard of man beneath the sun,
Hoped in heaven hereafter;
Soft and strong and loud and light,
Very sound of very light
Heard from morning's rosiest height,
When the soul of all delight
Fills a child's clear laughter.

Golden bells of welcome rolled
Never forth such notes, nor told
Hours so blithe in tones so bold,
As the radiant mouth of gold
Here that rings forth heaven.
If the golden-crested wren
Were a nightingale---why, then,
Something seen and heard of men
Might be half as sweet as when
Laughs a child of seven."--Swinburne

"The stars will awaken,
Though the moon sleep a full hour later,
Tonight;
No leaf will be shaken
Whilst the dews of your melody scatter
Delight.
Though the sound overpowers,
Sing again, with your dear voice revealing
A tone
Of some world far from ours
Where music and moonlight and feeling
Are one."--Shelley

"The hero can be poet, prophet, king, priest or whatever you will, according to the kind of world he finds himself born into."--Carlyle

"I have but to be by thee, and thy hand
Will never let mine go, nor heart withstand
The beating of my heart to reach its place.
When shall I look for thee and feel thee gone?
When cry for the old comfort and find none?
Never, I know! Thy soul is in thy face."--Robert Browning

"What can I more
Than view those fruits which through thy heat I bore?
Which sweet contentment yield me for a space,
True living pictures of their father's face."--Anne Broadstreet

"Sweetest Love, I do not go
For weariness of thee,
Nor in hope the world can show
A fitter love for me."--John Donne

"Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand
Henceforward in thy shadow. Nevermore
Alone upon the threshold of my door
Of individual life, I shall command
The uses of my soul, nor lift my hand
Serenely in the sunshine as before,
Without the sense of that which I forbore--
Thy touch upon the palm. The widest land
Doom takes to part us, leaves thy heart in mine
With pulses that beat double. What I do
And what I dream include thee, as the wine
Must taste of its own grapes. And when I sue
God for myself, He hears that name of thine,
And sees within my eyes the tears of two."--Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Sweet voice, sweet lips, soft hand, and softer breast."-Keats

"All that I am is thine,
My body, my heart, my soul."--Hungerford



From Anniversary:


"I will not look upon the quickening sun
But straight her beauty to my sense shall run;
The air shall note her soft, the fire most pure,
Waters suggest her clear, and the earth sure."--John Donne



From The Hope Within:


"Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest.
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come."--Alexander Pope

"Hope is like a harebell, trembling from its birth,
Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth,
Faith is like a lily, lifted high and white,
Love is like a lovely rose, the world's delight.
Harebells and sweet lilies show a thornless growth,
But the rose with all its thorns excels them both."--Christina Rossetti

"How warm this woodland wild Recess!
Love surely hath been breathing here;
And this sweet bed of heath, my dear!
Swells up, then sinks with faint caress,
As if to have you yet more near."--Coleridge

"Where true Love burns,
Desire is Love's pure flame;
It is the reflex of our earthly frame,
That takes its meaning from the nobler part,
And but translates the language of the heart."--Coleridge

"Look how the pale queen of the silent night
Doth cause the ocean to attend upon her,
And he, as long as she is in his sight,
With her full tide is ready her to honor.
But when the silver wagon of the moon
Is mounted up so high he cannot follow,
The sea calls home his crystal waves to moan,
And with low ebb doth manifest his sorrow.
So you that are the sovereign of my heart
Have all my joys attending on your will;
My joys low-ebbing when you do depart,
When you return their tide my heart doth fill.
So as you come and as you do depart,
Joys ebb and flow within my tender heart."--Charles Best



From The Sunshine of Thine Eyes:


"She made all even mine
In the communion of love:
And we grew like each other,
For we loved each other;
She, mild and generous as the air in spring;
And I, like earth all budding out with love."-Philip James Bailey

"Angels listen when she speaks:
She's my delight, all mankind's wonder;
But my jealous heart would break
Should we live one day asunder."-John Wilmot

"All, that I know
Of a certain star
Is, it can throw
(Like the angled spar)
Now a dart of red,
Now a dart of blue
Till my friends have said
They would fain see, too,"
My star that dartles the red and the blue!
Then it stops like a bird; like a flower, hangs furled:
They must solace themselves with the Saturn above it.
What matter to me if their star is a world?
Mine has opened its soul to me; therefore I love it."-Robert Browning

"The sunshine of thine eyes,
(O still celestial beam!)
Whatever it touches it fills
With the life of its lambent gleam.
The sunshine of thine eyes,
Oh, let it fall on me!
Though I be but a mote of the air,
I could turn to gold for thee."-George Parsons Lathrop

"I send my heart up to thee, all my heart
In this my singing.
For the stars help me, and the sea bears part;
The very night is clinging
Closer to Venice' streets to leave one space
Above me, whence thy face
May light my joyous heart to thee its dwelling-place."--Robert Browning

"A woman's face, with Nature's own hand painted,
Hast thou, the Master Mistress of my Passion."-Shakespeare



From As the Eye Can See:


"How many times do I love thee, dear?
Tell me how many thoughts there be
In the atmosphere of a new-fall'n year,
Whose white and sable hours appear
The latest flake of Eternity:
So many times do I love thee, dear."--Thomas Lovell Beddoes

–All my life shall reach its hands
Of lofty longing toward thy face,
And be as one who speechless stands
In rapture at some perfect grace!
My love, my hope, my all shall be
To look to heaven and look to thee!”--William Winter

"Then come, thou fairest of the fair,
Those wonted smiles, O let me share;
And by thy beauteous self I swear,
No love but thine my heart shall know."--Robert Burns

"Whene'er she speaks, my ravish'd ear
No other voice than hers can hear,
No other wit but hers approve:
Tell me, my heart, if this be love?"--George Lyttelton

"When I am standing on a mountain crest,
Or hold the tiller in the dashing spray,
My love of you leaps foaming in my breast..."--Richard Hovey

"When at dawn she sighs, and like an infant to the window
Turns grave eyes craving light, released from dreams,
Beautiful she looks, like a white water-lily
Bursting out of bud in havens of the streams.
When from bed she rises clothed from neck to ankle
In her long nightgown sweet as boughs of May,
Beautiful she looks, like a tall garden-lily
Pure from the night, and splendid for the day."--George Meredith

"When do I see thee most, beloved one?
When in the light the spirits of mine eyes
Before thy face, their altar, solemnize
The worship of that Love through thee made known?
Or when in the dusk hours, (we two alone,)
Close-kissed and eloquent of still replies
Thy twilight-hidden glimmering visage lies,
And my soul only sees thy soul its own?"--Dante Rossetti



From Steps in the Darkness:


"All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
Are all but ministers of Love,
And feed his sacred flame."--Coleridge

"When thy beauty appears,
In its graces and airs,
All bright as an angel new dropp'd from the sky;
At distance I gaze, and am awed by my fears
So strangely you dazzle my eye!"--Thomas Parnell

"Let others sing of Knights and Paladines
In aged accents and untimely words,
Paint shadows in imaginary lines,
Which well the reach of their high wit records:
But I must sing of thee, and those fair eyes
Authentic shall my verse in time to come;
When yet the unborn shall say, Lo, where she lies!
Whose beauty made him speak, that else was dumb!
These are the arcs, the trophies I erect,
That fortify thy name against old age;
And these thy sacred virtues must protect
Against the Dark, and Time's consuming rage.
Though the error of my youth in them appear,
Suffice, they show I lived, and loved thee dear."--Samuel Daniel

"When our two souls stand up erect and strong,
Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,
Until the lengthening wings break into fire
At either curved point,--what bitter wrong
Can the earth do to us, that we should not long
Be here contented?"--Elizabeth Barrett Browning



From All Human Songs:


"Wit, and Grace, and Love, and Beauty,
In a constellation shine;
To adore thee is my duty,
Goddess o' this soul o' mine!"--Robert Burns

"Love in the land where love most lovely seems!
Land of my love, tho' I be far from thee,
Lend, for love's sake, the light of thy moonbeams,
The spirit of thy cypress-groves and all
Thy dark-eyed beauty for a little while"
"To my desire. Yet once more let her smile
Fall o'er me: o'er me let her long hair fall...."--Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton

"O Love Divine, that stooped to share
Our sharpest pang, our bitterest tear,
On Thee we cast each earth-born care,
We smile at pain while Thou art near!
Though long the weary we tread,"
"And sorrow crown each lingering year,
No path we shun, no darkness dread,
Our hearts still whispering, Thou art near!"--Oliver Wendell Holmes

"By easy slope to west as if it had
No thought, when first its soaring was begun
Except to look devoutly to the sun.
It rises, and has risen, until glad
With light as with a garment it is clad.
Each dawn before the tardy plains have won
For us, the light doth cling reluctant sad
To leave its brow. Beloved mount, I
Thy worshipper, as thou the sun's, each morn
My dawn, before the dawn, receive from thee;
And think, as thy rose-tinting peak I see,
That thou wert great when Homer was not born,
And ere thou change, all human songs shall die!"--Helen Hunt Jackson

"Hither she comes; she comes to me; she lingers,
Deepens her brown eyebrows, while in new surprise
High rise the lashes in wonder of a stranger;
Yet am I the light and living of her eyes."--George Meredith

"Stay, O sweet, and do not rise!
The light that shines comes from thine eyes;
The day breaks not: it is my heart,
Because that you and I must part.
Stay! or else my joys will die,"
"And perish in their infancy.
'Tis true, 'tis day: what though it be?
O, wilt thou therefore rise from me?
Why should we rise because 'tis light?
Did we lie down because 'twas night?"
"Love, which in spite of darkness brought us hither,
Should in despite of light keep us together."--John Donne



From The Pursuit of Happiness:


"Love is the blossom where there blows
Every thing that lives or grows.
Love doth make the Heav'ns to move,
And the Sun doth burn in love."--Giles Fletcher

"I love thee, as I love the calm
Of sweet, star-lighted hours!
I love thee, as I love the balm
Of early jes'mine flow'rs.
I love thee, as I love the last
Rich smile of fading day,
Which lingereth, like the look we cast,
On rapture pass'd away.
I love thee as I love the tone
Of some soft-breathing flute
Whose soul is wak'd for me alone,
When all beside is mute.
I love thee as I love the first
Young violet of the spring;
Or the pale lily, April-nurs'd,
To scented blossoming."--Eliza Acton

"I would not have thy married heart
Think momently of me;
Nor would I tear the cords apart,
That bind me so to thee;
No! while my thoughts seem pure and mild,
Like dew upon the roses wild,
I would not have thee know
The stream, that seems to thee so still,
Has such a tide below."--Rufus Dawes

"For thou art all that I can prize,
My Joy, my Life, my Rest.
No Bridegrooms nor Crown-conquerors mirth
To mine compar'd can be:
They have but pieces of this Earth,
I've all the World in thee.
Then let our Flames still light and shine,
And no false fear control,
As innocent as our Design,
Immortal as our Soul."--Katherine Philips

"Love is a sea
Filling all the abysses dim
Of lornest space, in whose deeps regally
Suns and their bright broods swim."--Alexander Smith



From Revenge:


"With every morn their love grew tenderer,
With every eve deeper and tenderer still;
He might not in house, field, or garden stir,
But her full shape would all his seeing fill."--John Keats

"She was a maiden for a man to love;
She was a woman for a husband's life;
One that had learned to value, far above
The name of love, the sacred name of wife."--Thomas William Parsons

"All my love's within her eyes.
She feels my sorrow, and she cries.
Her touches make my fears all calm.
To my soul, her voice is a healing balm.
Nine years have passed since we were wed,
And she has followed where I have led.
She bore me children, with eyes like her.
When I gaze at them, I see all we were.
She stands by me in what I do,
In spite of all I put her through.
When I am old, and all is past,
She'll be with me 'til each breath's my last."--original poem

"If love were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf,
Our lives would grow together
In sad or singing weather,
Blown fields or flowerful closes,
Green pleasure or gray grief;
If love were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf."--Algernon Charles Swinburne



From Recovery:


"By ready nature for a life of love,
For endless constancy, and placid truth;
But whatsoe'er of such rare treasure lay
Reserved, had fate permitted, for support
Of their maturer years, his present mind
Was under fascination;--he beheld
A vision, and adored the thing he saw."--William Wordsworth

"I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense."--Anne Bradstreet

"Love in her eyes sits playing,
And sheds delicious death;
Love in her lips is straying,
And warbling in her breath;
Love on her breast sits panting,
And swells with soft desire:
Nor grace, nor charm, is wanting
To set the heart on fire."--John Gay

"And all her face was honey to my mouth,
And all her body pasture to mine eyes;
The long lithe arms and hotter hand than fire,
The quivering flanks, hair smelling of the south,
The bright light feet, the splendid supple thighs,
And glittering eyelids of my soul's desire."--Algernon Charles Swinburne



From For Love and Honor:


"There be none of Beauty's daughters
With a magic like thee;
And like music on the waters
Is thy sweet voice to me:
When, as if its sound were causing
The charmed ocean's pausing,
The waves lie still and gleaming,
And the lull'd winds seem dreaming:
And the midnight moon is weaving
Her bright chain o'er the deep;
Whose breast is gently heaving,
As an infant's asleep:
So the spirit bows before thee,
To listen and adore thee;
With a full but soft emotion,
Like the swell of Summer's ocean."--Lord Byron

"Fair house of joy and bliss,
Where truest pleasure is,
I do adore thee:
I know thee what thou art,
I serve thee with my heart,
And fall before thee."--Anonymous

"Yes, close beside thee let me kneel--
Give me thy hand, that I may feel
The friend so true--so tried--so dear,
My heart's own chosen--indeed is near;
And check me not--this hour divine
Belongs to me--is fully mine."--Charlotte Bronte

"I have seen only you,
I have admired only you,
I desire only you."--Napoleon

"I have loved thee, Ocean! and my joy
Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be
Borne, like thy bubbles, onward; from a boy
I wantoned with thy breakers,--they to me
Were a delight; and if the freshening sea
Made them a terror, 'twas a pleasing fear;
For I was as it were a child of thee,
And trusted to thy billows far and near,
And laid my hand upon thy mane,--as I do here."--Lord Byron

"Love itself hath nought
Touched of tenderest thought
With holiest hallowing of memorial grace
For memory, blind with bliss,
To love, to clasp, to kiss,
So sweetly strange as this,
The sense that here the sun first hailed her face,
A babe at Her glad mother's breast,
And here again beholds it more beloved and blest."--Algernon Swinburne

"Love me with thy voice, that turns
Sudden faint above me;
Love me with thy blush that burns
When I murmur 'Love me!'"--Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"O Love! they wrong thee much
That say thy sweet is bitter,
When thy rich fruit is such
As nothing can be sweeter.
Fair house of joy and bliss,
Where truest pleasure is,
I do adore thee:
I know thee what thou art,
I serve thee with my heart,
And fall before thee."--Captain Tobias Hume's The First Part of Airs



From The Hunt:


"Now a soft kiss---
Aye, by that kiss,
I vow an endless bliss."--Keats

"The moment eternal - just that and no more -
When ecstasy's utmost we clutch at the core
While cheeks burn, arms open, eyes shut, and lips meet!"--Robert Browning

"The pearly treasures of the sea,
The lights that spatter heaven above,
More precious than these wonders are,
My heart-of-hearts filled with your love."--Heinrich Heine

"This is to the crown and blessing of my life,
The much loved husband of a happy wife;
To him whose constant passion found the art
To win a stubborn and ungrateful heart,
And to the world by tenderest proof discovers
They err, who say that husbands can't be lovers."--Annie Finch

"A man had given all other bliss,
And all his worldly worth for this,
To waste his whole heart in one kiss
Upon her perfect lips."--Tennyson



From On the Edge:


"Look out upon the stars, my love,
And shame them with thine eyes,
On which, than on the lights above,
There hang more destinies."--Edward Coate Pinkney

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever."--Tennyson

"In that book which is
My memory . . .
On the first page
That is the chapter when
I first met you
Appear the words . . .
Here begins a new life."--Dante Alighieri

"I love you with my lips,
My eyes and heart,
Your love is in my blood,
I shall die merely if you hold to me."-Swineburne

"And in Life's noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee,
The heart's Self-solace and soliloquy.
You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within;
And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
Thro' all my Being, thro' my pulse's beat;
You lie in all my many Thoughts, like Light,
Like the fair light of Dawn, or summer Eve
On rippling Stream, or cloud-reflecting Lake.
And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you."--Coleridge



From Remembrance of Things Past:


"I ne'er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet.
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away complete."--John Clare

"Soul, heart, and body, we thus singly name,
Are not in love divisible and distinct,
But each with each inseparably link'd.
One is not honour, and the other shame,
But burn as closely fused as fuel, heat, and flame."--Alfred Austin

"The wondrous moment of our meeting . . .
I well remember you appear
Before me like a vision fleeting,
A beauty's angel pure and clear."--Alexander Pushkin

"At the mid hour of night, when stars are weeping, I fly
To the lone vale we loved, when life shone warm in thine eye;
And I think oft, if spirits can steal from the regions of air
To revisit past scenes of delight, thou wilt come to me there
And tell me our love is remember'd, even in the sky!"--T. Moore



From A Bit of Earth:


"The treasures of the deep are not so precious
As are the conceal'd comforts of a man
Locked up in woman's love. I scent the air
Of blessings, when I come but near the house.
What a delicious breath marriage sends forth...
The violet bed's not sweeter."--Washington Irving

"Love be enough: though the World be a waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
...Though the skies be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
...And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass'd over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
...These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover."--William Morris

"Heart, are you great enough
For a love that never tires?
O' heart, are you great enough for love?"--Tennyson

"So, little, youthful maiden come
Into my ample, feverish heart
For heaven and earth and sea and sky
Do melt as love has melt my heart."--Heinrich Heine

Accept, dear girl, this little token,
And if between the lines you seek,
You'll find the love I've often spoken 
The love my dying lips shall speak.
Our little ones are making merry
O'er am'rous ditties rhymed in jest,
But in these words (though awkward very)
The genuine article's expressed.
You are as fair and sweet and tender,
Dear brown-eyed little sweetheart mine,
As when, a callow youth and slender,
I asked to be your Valentine.
What though these years of ours be fleeting?
What though the years of youth be flown?
I'll mock old Tempus with repeating,
"I love my love and her alone!"
And when I fall before his reaping,
And when my stuttering speech is dumb,
Think not my love is dead or sleeping,
But that it waits for you to come.
So take, dear love, this little token,
And if there speaks in any line
The sentiment I'd fain have spoken,
Say, will you kiss your Valentine."--Eugene Field

"Lie by me and hold me, sweet,
Clasp arms and sink;
There needs no weariness of the feet,
Neither to toil nor think;
Almost the pulse may cease to beat."--George Cotterell

"O sole desire of my delight!
O sole delight of my desire!
Mine eyelids and eyesight
Feed on thee day and night
Like lips of fire."--Swinburne



From A Glimmer of Hope:


"Even as tender parents lovingly
Send a dear child in some true servant's care
Forth in the street, for larger light and air,
Feeling the sun her guardian will be,
And dreaming with a blushful pride that she
Will earn sweet smiles and glances every-where,
From loving faces; and that passers fair
Will bend, and bless, and kiss her, when they see,
And ask her name, and if her home is near,
And think, 'O gentle child, how blessed are they
Whose twofold love bears up a single flower!'
And so with softer musing move away,
We send thee forth, O Book, thy little hour
The world may pardon us to hold thee dear."--John James Piatt

"A boat at midnight sent alone
To drift upon the moonless sea.
A lute, whose leading chord is gone,
A wounded bird, that hath but one
Imperfect wing to soar upon,
Are like what I am, without thee."--Thomas Moore

"And when my lips meet thine
Thy very soul is wedded unto mine."--Boyesen

"Thus let me hold thee to my heart,
And every care resign:
And we shall never, never part,
My life--my all that's mine!"--Oliver Goldsmith



From A Matter of Trust:


"Their lips drew near, and clung into a kiss;
A long, long kiss, a kiss of youth and love...
Each kiss a heart-quake for a kiss's strength,
I think, it must be reckon'd by its length."--Lord Byron

"Words can never tell you....
form them, transform them anyway,
how perfectly dear you are to me,
perfectly dear to my heart and soul."--Robert Browning

"How clear she shines!
How quietly I lie beneath her guardian light;
While heaven and earth are whispering me,
'Tomorrow, wake, but dream tonight.'
Yes, Fancy, come, my Fairy love!
These throbbing temples softly kiss;
And bend my lonely couch above,
And bring me rest, and bring me bliss."--Emily Bronte

"She felt my lips' impassioned touch-
'Twas the first time I dared so much,
And yet she chid not;
But whispered o'er my burning brow,
'Oh, do you doubt I love you now?'
Sweet soul! I did not.
Warmly I felt her bosom thrill,
I pressed it closer, closer still,
though gently bid not;
Till- oh! the world hath seldom heard
Of lovers, who so nearly erred,
And yet, who did not."--Thomas Moore

"Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again.
For then the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.
Come, as thou cam'st a thousand times,
A messenger from radiant climes,
And smile on thy new world, and be
As kind to others as to me.
Or, as thou never cam'st in sooth,
Come now, and let me dream it truth.
And part my hair, and kiss my brow,
And say My love! why sufferest thou?
Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again.
For then the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day."--Matthew Arnold



From Second Thoughts:


"Take all of me,--I am thine own, heart, soul,
Brain, body,--all; all that I am or dream
Is thine forever; yea, though space should teem
With thy conditions, I 'd fulfill the whole--
Were to fulfill them to be loved of thee."--Amélie Troubetzkoy

"Oh! might I kiss those eyes of fire,
A million scarce would quench desire:
Still would I steep my lips in bliss,
And dwell an age on every kiss;
Nor then my soul should sated be,
Still would I kiss and cling to thee:
Nought should my kiss from thine dissever;
Still would we kiss, and kiss for ever,
E'en though the numbers did exceed
The yellow harvest's countless seed.
To part would be a vain endeavor:
Could I desist?- ah! never- never!"--Lord Byron

"Thou art so true that thoughts of thee suffice
To make dreams truths and fables histories;
Enter these arms, for since thou thought'st it best
Not to dream all my dream, let's act the rest."--John Donne

"How Love came in, I do not know,
Whether by th' eye, or ear, or no;
Or whether with the soul it came,
At first, infused with the same;
Whether in part 'tis here or there,
Or, like the soul, whole every where.
This troubles me; but I as well
As any other, this can tell;
That when from hence she does depart,
The outlet then is from the heart."--Robert Herrick

"How delicious is the winning
Of a kiss at love's beginning,
When two mutual hearts are sighing
For the knot there's no untying!"--Thomas Campbell



From Due Process:


"My heart is a fount welling upward forever!
When I think of my true-love, by night or by day,
That heart keeps its faith like a fast-flowing river
Which gushes forever and sings on its way.
I have thoughts full of peace for his soul to repose in,
Were I but his own wife, to win and to woo;
O sweet, if the night of misfortune were closing,
To rise like the morning star, darling, for you!"--Ellen Mary Patrick Downing

"My body sleeps: my heart awakes.
My lips to breathe thy name are mov'd
In slumber's ear: then slumber breaks;
And I am drawn to thee, belov'd.
Thou drawest me, thou drawest me,
Through sleep, through night. I hear the rills,
And hear the leopard in the hills,
And down the dark I feel to thee."--Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton

"Melting joys about her move,
Killing pleasures, wounding blisses;
She can dress her eyes in love,
And her lips can arm with kisses;
Angels listen when she speaks,
She's my delight, all mankind's wonder;
But my jealous heart would break
Should we live one day asunder."--John Wilmot

"Let the night-winds touch thy brow
With the heat of my burnings sigh,
And melt thee to hear the vow
Of a love that shall not die."--Bayard Taylor

"Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of
beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturb'd,
Give me for marriage a sweet-breath'd woman
of whom I should never tire,
Give me a perfect child, give me away aside
from the noise of the world a rural domestic life...."--Walt Whitman



From First Impressions:


"Hither she comes; she comes to me; she lingers,
Deepens her brown eyebrows, while in new surprise
High rise the lashes in wonder of a stranger;
Yet am I the light and living of her eyes."--George Meredith

"The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips."--John Boyle O'Reilly

"I love thee - I love thee!
'Tis all that I can say;
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day;
The very echo of my heart,
The blessing when I pray:
I love thee - I love thee!
Is all that I can say."--Thomas Hood

"Stars, you are unfortunate, I pity you,
Beautiful as you are, shining in your glory,
Who guide seafaring men through stress and peril
And have no recompense from gods or mortals,
Love you do not, nor do you know what love is.
Hours that are aeons urgently conducting
Your figures in a dance through the vast heaven,
What journey have you ended in this moment,
Since lingering in the arms of my beloved
I lost all memory of you and midnight."--Goethe

"Somewhere there waiteth in this world of ours
For one lone soul another lonely soul
Each choosing each through all the weary hours
And meeting strangely at one sudden goal.
Then blend they, like green leaves with golden flowers,
Into one beautiful and perfect whole;
And life's long night is ended, and the way
Lies open onward to eternal day."--Edwin Arnold

"What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined...
to strengthen each other...
to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories."--George Eliot



From Beneath the Surface:


"...I love her heartily!
For she is wise, if I can judge of her,
And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true,
And true she is, as she hath proved herself;
And therefore, like herself, wise, fair, true,
Shall she be placed in my constant soul."--Shakespeare

"I that have love and no more
Give you but love of you, sweet;
He that hath more, let him give;
He that hath wings, let him soar;
Mine is the heart at your feet
Here, that must love you to live."--Algernon Charles Swinburne



From Making Peace:


"Does not all the blood within me
Leap to meet thee, leap to meet thee,
As the springs to meet the sunshine."--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Love is the emblem of eternity.
It confounds all notion of time,
Effaces all memory of a beginning,
All fear of an end."--Madame de Stael

"My lady is perfect, and transfigureth
All sin and sorrow and death,
Making them fair as her own eyelids be,
Or lips wherein my whole soul's life abides;
Or as her sweet white sides
And bosom carved to kiss.
Now therefore, if her pity further me,
Doubtless for her sake all my days shall be
As righteous as she is."--Swinburne

"Honor was due to one whose soul was tender,
Whose nature quicken'd at the touch of art;
Now that the struggle's over, God will send her
Mercy and peace to soothe her troubled heart."--Clement William Scott



From Will of the Great Spirit:


"What greater thing is there for two human souls
Than to feel that they are joined...
To strengthen each other...
To be at one with each other...
In silent unspeakable memories."--George Eliot

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Soul meets soul on lover's lips."--Shelly

"The most precious possession that ever comes
To a man in this world
Is a woman's heart."--Josiah G. Holland

"My life is stirr'd when she breaks on my view;
Her beauty grants my will no choice
But silent awe, till she rejoice
My longing with her voice."--Thomas Woolner

"My heart I fain would ask thee
What then is Love? say on.
"Two souls and one thought only
Two hearts that throb as one."--E.F.J. von Munch Bellinghausen

"So come in the evenin', or come in the mornin';
Come when you're looked for, or come without warnin':
Kisses an' welcome you'll find here before you,
And the oftener you come here the more I'll adore you!"--Thomas Osborne Davis



From Casualties of War:


"Her bosom is love's paradise,
There is no heav'n but in her eyes;
She's chaster than the turtle-dove,
And fairer than the queen of love:
Yet all perfections do combine
To beautify my Valentine."--Richard Lovelace

"This hot hard flame with which our bodies burn
Will make some meadow blaze with daffodil,
Ay! and those argent breasts of thine will turn
To water-lilies; the brown fields men till
Will be more fruitful for our love tonight,
Nothing is lost in nature...."--Oscar Wilde

"When we are parted, keep for me
The sacred stillness of the night;
That hour, sweet Love, is mine by right;
Let others claim the day of thee!
The cold world sleeping at our feet,
My spirit shall discourse with thine;--
When stars upon thy pillow shine,
At thy heart's door I stand and beat,
Though we are parted."--Hamilton Aïdé

"Let me for once look on thee
As though nought else existed:
We alone.
And as creation crumbles,
My soul's spark expands,
'Til I can say, 'Even from myself,
I need thee, and I feel thee,
And I love thee.'"--Robert Browning



From Obsessions:


"O happy hours when I may once more encircle within these arms
The dearest object of my love,
When I shall again feel the pressure of that 'aching head'
Which will delight to recline upon my bosom,
When I may again press to my heart which palpitates
With the purest affection that loved one
Who has so long shared its undivided devotion."--Alexander Hamilton Rice

"The hours I spend with you
I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden,
A dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it.
You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.
Other men it is said have seen angels,
But I have seen thee and thou art enough."--George Moore

"I am tied to very thee,
By every thought I have;
Thy face I only care to see,
Thy heart I only crave."--Charles Sedley

"Wither thou goest, I will go
Wither thou lodgest, I will lodge."--Book of Ruth

"Primeval my love for the woman I love,
O bride! O wife!
More resistless, more enduring than I can tell,
The thought of you!"--Walt Whitman

"Thy love has joy,
Pure, undefiled with base alloy;
'Tis not a passion, false and blind,
Inspires, enchains, absorbs my mind;
Worthy, I feel, art thou to be
Loved with my perfect energy."--Charlotte Bronte

"My heart was winter-bound until
I heard you sing;
O voice of Love, hush not, but fill
My life with Spring!
My hopes were homeless things before
I saw your eyes;
O smile of Love, close not the door
To paradise!
My dreams were bitter once, and then
I found them bliss;
O lips of Love, give me again
Your rose to kiss!
Springtide of Love! The secret sweet
Is ours alone;
O heart of Love, at last you beat
Against my own!"--Frank Dempster Sherman



From The Right People:


"How many summers, love,
Have I been thine?
How many days, thou dove,
Hast thou been mine?
Time, like the winged wind
When 't bends the flowers,
Hath left no mark behind,
To count the hours."--Barry Cornwall

"Her neck is like a stately tower
Where Love himself imprison'd lies,
To watch for glances every hour
From her divine and sacred eyes."--Thomas Lodge

"O sole desire of my delight!
O sole delight of my desire!
Mine eyelids and eyesight
Feed on thee day and night
Like lips of fire."--Swinburne



From A Stalwart:


"Come away, come, sweet love,
The golden morning breaks,
All the earth, all the air
Of love and pleasure speaks,
Teach thine arms then to embrace,
And sweet rosy lips to kiss,
And mix our souls in mutual bliss."--John Dowland

"You came, and the sun came after,
And the green grew golden above;
And the flag-flowers lightened with laughter,
And the meadow-sweet shook with love."--Swinburne

"Thy mouth is made of fire and wine,
Thy barren bosom takes my kiss
And turns my soul to thine
And turns thy lip to mine,
And mine it is."--Swinburne

"Love, love only, forever love with its torture of bliss;
All the world's glories can never equal two souls in one kiss:
Love, and ever love wholly; love in all time and all space;
Life is consummate then solely in the death of a burning embrace."--Richard Hovey



From A Crisis of Faith:


"My lady is perfect, and transfigureth
All sin and sorrow and death,
Making them fair as her own eyelids be,
Or lips wherein my whole soul's life abides;
Or as her sweet white sides
And bosom carved to kiss.
Now therefore, if her pity further me,
Doubtless for her sake all my days shall be
As righteous as she is."--Swinburne

"When stars are in the quiet skies,
Then most I pine for thee;
Bend on me then thy tender eyes,
As stars look on the sea!
For thoughts, like waves that glide by night,
Are stillest when they shine;
Mine earthly love lies hush'd in light
Beneath the heaven of thine."--Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Love is strength, and faith, and hope;
It crowns with bliss our mortal state;
And, glancing far beyond the grave,
Foresees a life of endless date."--William Johnson Fox



From Gunfight:


"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain."--Shakespeare

"Life of Life, thy lips enkindle
With their love the breath between them;
And thy smiles before they dwindle
Make the cold air fire; then screen them
In those looks, where who so gazes
Faints, entangled in their mazes."--Shelley

"In ecstasy the heart is beating,
Old joys for it anew revive;
Inspired and God-filled, it is greeting
The fire, and tears, and love alive."--Alexander Pushkin

"The heart of man and woman all for love;
No other theme but love--knitting, enclosing, all-diffusing love."--Walt Whitman

"With loveliness--more fair than aught but her,
Whose shadow thou art--lift thine eyes on me.
I lifted them; the overpowering light
Of that immortal shape was shadowed o'er
By love; which, from his soft and flowing limbs,
And passion-parted lips, and keen, faint eyes,
Steamed forth like vaporous fire; an atmosphere
Which wrapped me in its all-dissolving power,
As the warm ether of the morning sun
Wraps ere it drinks some cloud of wandering dew."--Shelley



From The Christmas Coat:


"I shall never, in the years remaining,
Paint you pictures, no, nor carve you statues,
Make you music that should all-express me;
So it seems: I stand on my attainment.
This of verse alone, one life allows me;
Verse and nothing else have I to give you.
Other heights in other lives, God willing--
All the gifts from all the heights, your own, Love!" ~ Robert Browning



From Alights on the Cloud:


"Without warning,
As a whirlwind
Swoops on an oak
Love shakes my heart." ~ Sappho

"The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first--
Nature is rude and incomprehensible at first;
Be not discouraged--keep on--there are divine things, well envelop'd;
I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell." ~ Walt Whitman

"I love you---O you entirely possess me,
O I wish that you and I escape from the rest,
and go utterly off--O free and lawless,
Two hawks in the air--two fishes swimming in the sea
not more lawless than we;
The furious storm through me careering
I passionately trembling;
The oath of the inseparableness of two together
of the woman that loves me, and whom I love more than my life
that oath swearing;
O I willingly stake all, for you!
O let me be lost, if it must be so!
O you and I--what is it to us what the rest do or think?" ~ Walt Whitman

"But boundless oceans, roaring wide,
Between my love and me,
They never, never can divide
My heart and soul from thee." ~ Robert Burns

"Love and harmony combine,
And round our souls entwine
While thy branches mix with mine,
And our roots together join." ~ William Blake



From Fire Water:


"All the world's glories can never equal two souls in one kiss.
Love, and ever love wholly; love in all time and all space." ~ James Thomson

"There are little traits that keep me bound...
I think of nothing else save the bright face of my lady-
Ah me! Her swan-white throat, her strong chin,
Her fresh laughing mouth which daily seems to say,
'Come kiss me, love, kiss me once again!'" ~ Anonymous

"So one in heart and thought, I trow,
That thou might'st press the strings and I might draw the bow
And both would meet in music sweet,
Thou and I, I trow." ~ Sidney Lanier


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