Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
VIII. Wedded Love
Two Lovers
George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross) (1819–1880)
TWO lovers by a moss-grown spring:
They leaned soft cheeks together there,
Mingled the dark and sunny hair,
And heard the wooing thrushes sing.
      O budding time!        5
      O love’s blest prime!
Two wedded from the portal stept:
The bells made happy carolings,
The air was soft as fanning wings,
White petals on the pathway slept.        10
      O pure-eyed bride!
      O tender pride!
Two faces o’er a cradle bent:
Two hands above the head were locked;
These pressed each other while they rocked,        15
Those watched a life that love had sent.
      O solemn hour!
      O hidden power!
Two parents by the evening fire:
The red light fell about their knees        20
On heads that rose by slow degrees
Like buds upon the lily spire.
      O patient life!
      O tender strife!
The two still sat together there,        25
The red light shone about their knees;
But all the heads by slow degrees
Had gone and left that lonely pair.
      O voyage fast!
      O vanished past!        30
The red light shone upon the floor
And made the space between them wide;
They drew their chairs up side by side,
Their pale cheeks joined, and said,
      “Once more!”        35
      O memories!
      O past that is!

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