Sonnets from the Portuguese: X
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed
2And worthy of acceptation. Fire is bright,
3Let temple burn, or flax; an equal light
4Leaps in the flame from cedar-plank or weed:
5And love is fire. And when I say at need
6I love thee . . . mark! . . . I love thee-in thy sight
7I stand transfigured, glorified aright,
8With conscience of the new rays that proceed
9Out of my face toward thine. There's nothing low
10In love, when love the lowest: meanest creatures
11Who love God, God accepts while loving so.
12And what I feel, across the inferior features
13Of what I am, doth flash itself, and show
14How that great work of Love enhances Nature's.
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Marc R. Plamondon