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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. “Love is that orbit of the restless soul”
By George Henry Boker (1823–1890)
LOVE is that orbit of the restless soul
  Whose circle grazes the confines of space,
  Bounding within the limits of its race
  Utmost extremes; whose high and topmost pole
Within the very blaze of heaven doth roll;        5
  Whose nether course is through the darkest place
  Eclipsed by hell. What daring hand shall trace
  The blended joys and sorrows that control
A heart whose journeys the fixed hand of Fate
  Points through this pathway? Who may soar so high,—        10
  Behold such glories with unwinking eye?
Who drop so low beneath his mortal state,
  And thence return with careful chart and date,
  To mark which way another’s course must lie?

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