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Love's Philosophy



The fountains mingle with the river

And the rivers with the ocean,

The winds of heaven mix for ever

With a sweet emotion;

Nothing in the world is single,

All things by a law divine

In one another's being mingle--

Why not I with thine?


See the mountains kiss high heaven,

And the waves clasp one another;

No sister-flower would be forgiven

If it disdain'd its brother;

And the sunlight clasps the earth,

And the moonbeams kiss the sea--

What is all this sweet work worth

If thou kiss not me?


Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in 1792 and is considered to be one of the most influential English lyric poets. He produced numerous works of poetry and prose. Shelley died in 1822.

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