Monday, 2 September 2013
The Definition of Love by Andrew Marvell
The Definition of Love
MY Love is of a birth as rare
As 'tis for object strange and high :
It was begotten by despair
Magnanimous Despair alone
Could show me so divine a thing,
Where feeble Hope could ne'er have flown
But vainly flapt its Tinsel Wing.
And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended Soul is fixt,
But Fate does Iron wedges drive,
And alwaies crowds it self betwixt.
For Fate with jealous Eye does see
Two perfect Loves ; nor lets them close :
Their union would her ruine be,
And her Tyrannick pow’r depose.
And therefore her Decrees of Steel
Us as the distant Poles have plac’d,
(Though Loves whole World on us doth wheel)
Not by themselves to be embrac’d.
Unless the giddy Heaven fall,
And Earth some new Convulsion tear ;
And, us to joyn, the World should all
Be cramp'd into a Planisphere.
As Lines so Loves oblique may well
Themselves in every Angle greet :
But ours so truly Paralel,
Though infinite can never meet.
Therefore the Love which us doth bind,
But Fate so enviously debars,
Is the Conjunction of the Mind,
And Opposition of the Stars.
Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the Seventeenth Century: Donne to Butler, ed. by Herbert J. C. Grierson (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1952), 77-8.
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