The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood, by Thomas Hood


Love, dearest Lady, such as I would speak,

Lives not within the humor of the eye; —

Not being but an outward phantasy,

That skims the surface of a tinted cheek —

Else it would wane with beauty, and grow weak,

As if the rose made summer — and so lie

Amongst the perishable things that die,

Unlike the love which I would give and seek:

Whose health is of no hue — to feel decay

With cheeks’ decay, that have a rosy prime.

Love is its own great loveliness alway,

And takes new lustre from the touch of time;

Its bough owns no December and no May,

But bears its blossom into Winter’s clime.

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