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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Sonnet: ‘Rosy delight that changest day by day’
By Lord de Tabley (John Byrne Leicester Warren) (1835–1895)
ROSY delight that changest day by day
From dearest growing to a dearer favour,
Whom Thought and Sinew, bondsmen to obey,
Slave out thy least command and may not waver.
My recompense and zenith of reward,        5
Bourn of all effort, thought behind all thinking,
Regent of sleep and centre of regard
Whereon the wakeful soul will pore unshrinking.
I cannot count the phases of this love,
Measure its growth or vindicate its reason.        10
I cannot doubt; the very smile that wove
My soul with love withholds me from love’s treason.
I only know thou art my best delight,
Food of sweet thoughts and sum of all things bright.

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