Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1821–1834
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. V: Literature of the Republic, Part II., 1821–1834
The Mates
By Maria Gowen Brooks (Maria del Occidente) (1794?–1845)
[From Zóphiël; or, The Bride of Seven. By Maria del Occidente. 1833.—Edited by Zadel Barnes Gustafson. 1879.]

THE BARD has sung, God never formed a soul
  Without its own peculiar mate, to meet
Its wandering half, when ripe to crown the whole
  Bright plan of bliss, most heavenly, most complete.
But thousand evil things there are that hate        5
  To look on happiness: these hurt, impede,
And, leagued with time, space, circumstance, and fate,
  Keep kindred heart from heart, to pine and pant and bleed.
And as the dove to far Palmyra flying
  From where her native founts of Antioch beam,        10
Weary, exhausted, longing, panting, sighing,
  Lights sadly at the desert’s bitter stream;
So many a soul o’er life’s drear desert faring,—
  Love’s pure congenial spring unfound, unquaffed,—
Suffers, recoils; then, thirsty and despairing        15
  Of what it would, descends, and sips the nearest draught.

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