SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE

SONNET II

But only three in all God's universe
Have heard this word thou has said; Himself, beside
Thee speaking, and me listening! and replied
One of us . . .that was God, . . . and laid the curse
So darkly on my eyelids, as to amerce
My sight from seeing thee,--that if I had died,
The deathweights, placed there, would have signified
Less absolute exclusion.  "Nay" is worse
From God than from all others, O my friend!
Men could not part us with their worldly jars, 
Nor the seas change us, nor the tempests bend;
Our hands would touch for all the mountain-bars;-- 
And, heaven being rolled between us at the end, 
We should but vow the faster for the stars. 

 


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