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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Love Serviceable
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
 
From ‘The Angel in the House’

WHAT measure Fate to him shall mete
  Is not the noble lover’s care;
He’s heart-sick with a longing sweet
  To make her happy as she’s fair.
Oh, misery, should she him refuse,        5
  And so her dearest good mistake!
His own success he thus pursues
  With frantic zeal for her sole sake.
To lose her were his life to blight,
  Being loss to hers; to make her his,        10
Except as helping her delight,
  He calls but accidental bliss;
And, holding life as so much pelf
  To buy her posies, learns this lore:
He does not rightly love himself        15
  Who does not love another more.
 
 
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