Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 3. WHEN A THOUSAND YEARS HAVE PASSED, by EDWARD CARPENTER



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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 3. WHEN A THOUSAND YEARS HAVE PASSED, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Think not that the love thou enterest in to-day
Last Line: Even though thou be old and near the grave there is plenty of time.
Subject(s): Love


THINK not that the love thou enterest into to-day is for a few months or
years:
The little seed set now must lie quiet before it will germinate, and many
alternations of sunshine and shower descend upon it before it become even a
small plant.
When a thousand years have passed, come thou again.
And behold! a mighty tree that no storms can shake.

Love does not end with this life or any number of lives; the form that thou
seekest lies hidden under wrapping after wrapping;
Nevertheless it shall at length appear—more wondrous far than aught
thou hast imagined.
Therefore leave time: do not like a child pull thy flower up by the roots
to see if it is growing;
Even though thou be old and near the grave there is plenty of time.





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