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
The Poet’s Song to His Wife
Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
HOW many summers, love,
  Have I been thine?
How many days, thou dove,
  Hast thou been mine?
Time, like the wingèd wind        5
  When ’t bends the flowers,
Hath left no mark behind,
  To count the hours!
Some weight of thought, though loath,
  On thee he leaves;        10
Some lines of care round both
  Perhaps he weaves;
Some fears,—a soft regret
  For joys scarce known;
Sweet looks we half forget;—        15
  All else is flown!
Ah!—With what thankless heart
  I mourn and sing!
Look, where our children start,
  Like sudden spring!        20
With tongues all sweet and low
  Like a pleasant rhyme,
They tell how much I owe
  To thee and time!

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