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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
III. Faith: Hope: Love: Service
A Mystical Ecstasy
Francis Quarles (1592–1644)
E’EN like two little bank-dividing brooks,
    That wash the pebbles with their wanton streams,
And having ranged and searched a thousand nooks,
    Meet both at length in silver-breasted Thames,
    Where in a greater current they conjoin:        5
So I my Best-Belovèd’s am; so He is mine.
E’en so we met; and after long pursuit,
    E’en so we joined; we both became entire;
No need for either to renew a suit,
    For I was flax and he was flames of fire:        10
    Our firm-united souls did more than twine:
So I my Best-Belovèd’s am; so He is mine.
If all those glittering Monarchs that command
    The servile quarters of this earthly ball,
Should tender, in exchange, their shares of land,        15
    I would not change my fortunes for them all:
    Their wealth is but a counter to my coin:
The world’s but theirs; but my Belovèd’s mine.

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