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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
’TIS truth, (although this truth’s a star
  Too deep-enskied for all to see),
As poets of grammar, lovers are
  The well-heads of morality.
“Keep measure in love?” More light befall        5
  Thy sanctity, and make it less!
Be sure I will not love at all
  Where I may not love with excess.
Who is the happy husband? He
  Who, scanning his unwedded life,        10
Thanks Heaven, with a conscience free,
  ’Twas faithful to his future wife.

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