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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
Anonymous
 
LXXX. The Great Adventurer
 
OVER the mountains 
And over the waves, 
Under the fountains 
And under the graves; 
Under floods that are deepest,         5
Which Neptune obey; 
Over rocks that are steepest 
Love will find out the way, 
  
Where there is no place 
For the glow-worm to lie;  10
Where there is no space 
For receipt of a fly; 
Where the midge dares not venture 
Lest herself fast she lay,— 
If love come, he will enter  15
And soon find out his way. 
  
You may esteem him 
A child for his might; 
Or you may deem him 
A coward from his flight:  20
But if she whom love doth honour 
Be conceal'd from the day, 
Set a thousand guards upon her, 
Love will find out the way. 
  
Some think to lose him  25
By having him confined; 
And some do suppose him, 
Poor thing, to be blind: 
But if ne'er so close ye wall him 
Do the best that you may,  30
Blind love, if so ye call him, 
Will find out his way. 
  
You may train the eagle 
To stoop to your fist; 
Or you may inveigle  35
The phoenix of the east; 
The lioness, ye may move her 
To give o'er her prey: 
But you'll ne'er stop a lover; 
He will find out his way.  40
 
 
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