Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LYRIC: 25, by WENDELL PHILLIPS STAFFORD



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First Line: How do I love you, dear?
Last Line: Look up and love you, sweet!


How do I love you, dear?
How does the bee the bloom?
How does the bloom the rain?
Song—is it sweet to the ear?
Sweet to the sense is perfume?
Mercy to spirits in pain?

How do I love you, mine?
Ah, but so many the moods,
Many and many the ways!
How do the lips love wine?
How do the saints their roods?
How do the bards their bays?

How do I love you, love?
How does the soul love God,—
Tremble and fall at his feet?
Smit by the blueness above,
I that am born of the sod
Look up and love you, sweet!





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