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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from The Angel in the House: The Amaranth
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
FEASTS satiate; stars distress with height;
  Friendship means well, but misses reach,
And wearies in its best delight
  Vex’d with the vanities of speech;
Too long regarded, roses even        5
  Afflict the mind with fond unrest;
And to converse direct with Heaven
  Is oft a labour in the breast;
Whate’er the up-looking soul admires
  Whate’er the senses’ banquet be,        10
Fatigues at last with vain desires,
  Or sickens by satiety;
But truly my delight was more
  In her to whom I’m bound for aye
Yesterday than the day before,        15
  And more to-day than yesterday.

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