Ex Libris Kirkland

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Subtitle A Celebration of Love
First Written 1849
Genre Poetry
Origin UK
Publisher St. Martin's Press
ISBN-10 031274501X
My Copy library hardback
First Read May 10, 2013

Sonnets from the Portuguese



I lift my heavy heart up solemnly,
As once Electra her sepulchral urn,
And, looking in thine eyes, I overturn
The ashes at thy feet. Behold and see
What a great heap of grief lay hid in me,
And how the red wild sparkles dimly burn
Through the ashen greyness. If thy foot in scorn
Could tread them out to darkness utterly,
It might be well perhaps. But if instead
Thou wait beside me for the wind to blow
The grey dust up, . . . those laurels on thine head,
O my Belov├Ęd, will not shield thee so,
That none of all the fires shall scorch and shred
The hair beneath. Stand farther off then! go.

Quoted on May 10, 2013


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