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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
Love Enthroned
By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
I MARKED all kindred Powers the heart finds fair:—
  Truth, with awed lips; and Hope, with eyes upcast;
  And Fame, whose loud wings fan the ashen Past
To signal-fires, Oblivion’s flight to scare;
And Youth, with still some single golden hair        5
  Unto his shoulder clinging, since the last
  Embrace wherein two sweet arms held him fast;
And Life, still wreathing flowers for Death to wear.
Love’s throne was not with these; but far above
  All passionate wind of welcome and farewell        10
He sat in breathless bowers they dream not of;
  Though Truth foreknow Love’s heart, and Hope foretell,
  And Fame be for Love’s sake desirable,
And Youth be dear, and Life be sweet to love.

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