Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed
The utterly fantastic people at Project Gutenberg have released Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portugese today. I love the poetry of EBB. She captures so much about love and desire in just 14 short lines, and each one in this collection is a gem that tears at my heartstrings.
- Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed
- And worthy of acceptation. Fire is bright,
- Let temple burn, or flax; an equal light
- Leaps in the flame from cedar-plank or weed:
- And love is fire. And when I say at need
- I love thee . . . mark! . . . 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. There’s nothing low
- In love, when love the lowest: meanest creatures
- Who love God, God accepts while loving so.
- And what I feel, across the inferior features
- Of what I am, doth flash itself, and show
- How that great work of Love enhances Nature’s.
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