Treasure Island

James Joyce

(2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941 / Dublin / Ireland)

This Heart that Flutters Near My Heart


This heart that flutters near my heart
My hope and all my riches is,
Unhappy when we draw apart
And happy between kiss and kiss:
My hope and all my riches -- - yes! -- -
And all my happiness.

For there, as in some mossy nest
The wrens will divers treasures keep,
I laid those treasures I possessed
Ere that mine eyes had learned to weep.
Shall we not be as wise as they
Though love live but a day?

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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