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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Spiritual Love
By William Caldwell Roscoe (1823–1859)
 
WHAT care I tho’ beauty fading
  Die ere Time can turn his glass?
What tho’ locks the Graces braiding
  Perish like the summer grass?
    Tho’ thy charms should all decay,        5
    Think not my affections may!
 
For thy charms—tho’ bright as morning—
  Captured not my idle heart;
Love so grounded ends in scorning,
  Lacks the barb to hold the dart.        10
    My devotion more secure
    Woos thy spirit high and pure.
 
 
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