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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
To ——: ‘One word is too often profaned’
By Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
ONE word is too often profaned
    For me to profane it;
One feeling too falsely disdained
    For thee to disdain it;
One hope is too like despair        5
    For prudence to smother;
And pity from thee more dear
    Than that from another.
I can give not what men call love:
    But wilt thou accept not        10
The worship the heart lifts above,
    And the Heavens reject not:
The desire of the moth for the star,
    Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar        15
    From the sphere of our sorrow?
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