The Spirit's Depths
Coventry Patmore, The Angel in the House, Book I (London: J. W. Parker, 1854). PR 5142 A75 1854 Robarts Library
1Not in the crisis of events
2 Of compass'd hopes, or fears fulfill'd,
3Or acts of gravest consequence,
4 Are life's delight and depth reveal'd.
5The day of days was not the day;
6 That went before, or was postponed;
7The night Death took our lamp away
8 Was not the night on which we groan'd.
9I drew my bride, beneath the moon,
10 Across my threshold; happy hour!
11But, ah, the walk that afternoon
12 We saw the water-flags in flower!
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RPO poem Editors:
J. D. Robins
2RP.2.556; RPO 1996-2000.