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THE WANDERER: 1. IN ITALY: ROOT AND LEAF, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The love that deep within me lies
Last Line: Its rooted growth beneath.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Owen; Lytton, 1st Earl Of; Lytton, Robert
Subject(s): Italy; Travel; Italians; Journeys; Trips

THE love that deep within me lies
Unmoved abides in conscious power;
Yet in the heaven of thy sweet eyes
It varies every hour.

A look from thee will flush the cheek:
A word of thine awaken tears:
And, ah, in all I do and speak
How frail my love appears!

In yonder tree, Beloved, whose boughs
Are household both to earth and heaven,
Whose leaves have murmured of our vows
To many a balmy even,

The branch that wears the liveliest green,
Is shaken by the restless bird;
The leaves that nighest heaven are seen,
By every breeze are stirred:

But storms may rise, and thunders roll,
Nor move the giant roots below;
So, from the bases of the soul,
My love for thee doth grow.

It seeks the heaven, and trembles there
To every light and passing breath;
But from the heart no storm can tear
Its rooted growth beneath.

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