SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE

SONNET XL

Oh, yes! they love through all this world of ours!
I will not gainsay love, called love forsooth.
I have heard love talked in my early youth,
And since, not so long back but that the flowers
Then gathered, smell still.  Mussulmans and Giaours
Throw kerchiefs at a smile, and have no ruth
For any weeping.  Polypheme's white tooth
Slips on the nut, if after frequent showers
The shell is over-smooth; and not so much
Will turn the thing called love, aside to hate,
Or else to oblivion.  But thou art not such
A lover, my Beloved!  thou canst wait
Through sorrow and sickness, to bring souls to touch,
And think it soon when others cry "Too late."
 


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