Robert Laurence Binyon

(1869-1943 / England)

A Hymn Of Love - Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon

O hush, sweet birds, that linger in lonely song!
Hold in your evening fragrance, wet May--bloom!
But drooping branches and leaves that greenly throng,
Darken and cover me over in tenderer gloom.
As a water--lily unclosing on some shy pool,
Filled with rain, upon tremulous water lying,
With joy afraid to speak, yet fain to be sighing
Its riches out, my heart is full, too full.

Votaries that have veiled their secret shrine
In veils of incense falteringly that rise,
And stealing in milky clouds of wavering line
Round soaring pillars hang like adoring sighs,
They watch the smoke ascending soft as thought,
Till wide in the fragrant dimness peace is shed,
And out of their perfect vision the world is fled,
Because the heart sees pure when the eye sees not.

I too will veil my joy that is too divine
For my heart to comprehend or tongue to speak.
The whole earth is my temple, and Love the shrine
That all the hearts of the world worship and seek.
But the incense cloud I burn to veil my bliss
Is woven of air and waters and living sun,
Colour and odour and music and light made one.
Come down, O night, and take from me all but this!

I dreamed of wonders strange in a strange air;
But this my joy, my dream, my wonder, is near
As grass to the earth, that clings so close and fair,
Nourished by all it nourishes. O most dear,
I dreamed of beauty pacing enchanted ground,
But you with beauty over my waiting soul,
As the blood steals over the cheek at a heart--throb, stole!
In the beating of my heart I have known you, I have found.

Incredulous world, be far, and tongues profane!
For now in my spirit there burns a steadfast faith.
No longer I fear you, earth's sad bondage vain,
Nor prison walls of Time, nor the gates of Death.
For the marvel that was most marvellous is most true;
To the music that moves the universe moves my heart,
And the song of the starry worlds I sing apart
In the night and shadow and stillness, Love, for you.


Comments about A Hymn Of Love by Robert Laurence Binyon

  • (1/15/2018 8:31:00 PM)


    This was an absolutely gorgeous poem - loved it, surprised he is not more famous. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (1/15/2018 3:57:00 PM)


    Has an older air about it than his years on earth would seem to match... but it is lovely all the same and he was not afraid of using his well-selected words in different speech patterns. Marieta below took a very in-depth look at this poem- -reading her comment would be well worth your while. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/15/2018 1:59:00 PM)


    Sweet birds! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (1/15/2018 1:55:00 PM)


    In this Shakespearean sonnet of iambic pentameter, we can see the influence of Dante, of Ezra Pound, also of his father, a Quaker clergyman. Nature symbolizes the temple having 'veils of incense' for a 'steadfast faith'. The birds are like the angels, the water lily sends to the idea of baptism, the pillars are biblical apostles. In harmony with the universe, the earth becomes a whole when it is untouched by evilness.10 (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (1/15/2018 11:22:00 AM)


    ' Because the heart sees pure when the eye sees not', ' To the music that moves the universe moves my heart'....wonderful lines! (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/15/2018 8:37:00 AM)


    Very nice poem really. Enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • (1/15/2018 3:07:00 AM)


    exuberance of nature that makes ones heart too full. perhaps what heart intends is the sum total of all in nature or its average or its representative. music moves both.it is not possible that heart of the human being can be made/created /built without the elements., ingradients that poet observes since those precedes the heart by million of years.heart recognises the elements /ions and dances with ecstasy. (Report) Reply

  • (1/15/2018 3:06:00 AM)


    I get the inside of this classic work of the great poet by this great composer really of grace and dignity, evenly balanced and supple........outstanding...........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/15/2018 2:31:00 AM)


    Such an interesting write by Robert Laurence Binyon👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (1/15/2018 1:51:00 AM)


    THREE: Not enough numbers to give as a Vote for him, but a myriad is most deserving for such a great Classic Poet as he IS....I truly have enjoyed very much. Best wishes, Sylvia Frances Chan, Dutch Poetess (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (1/15/2018 1:50:00 AM)


    TWO: This Classic Poet is a true observer and describes the finest occurrences around him and what is within him. His heart is a true observer though, as he declared that in his poem. I cite this loveliest line of him: The whole earth is my temple.... (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (1/15/2018 1:49:00 AM)


    ONE: Every emotion is noted here in this oh so precious poem about Love. This Classic Poem of The Day is a Poem to mine heart. Thank you so much for the mentioning, PoemHunter Org! . (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/3/2017 10:34:00 PM)


    This is pure joy- a gem of a poem. It is as enchanting as it is soothing to the heart and soul. The impact of this hymn of love is hard to miss. Thanks. MyPoemList. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/3/2017 9:57:00 AM)


    A great poem by a great poem. There is a sweetness in every stanzas and I would like that the poem should have an ending. Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/3/2017 9:09:00 AM)


    The whole earth is my temple, and Love the shrine
    That all the hearts of the world worship and seek.
    Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it.
    10.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/3/2017 6:51:00 AM)


    Fantastic expression on love. It may be quoted some lines...
    To the music that moves the universe moves my heart,
    And the song of the starry worlds I sing apart
    In the night and shadow and stillness, Love, for you.

    Congratulations to his soul for being selected as the poem of the day.
    (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/3/2017 6:49:00 AM)


    Fantastic expresson on love. It may be quoted some lines...
    To the music that moves the universe moves my heart,
    And the song of the starry worlds I sing apart
    In the night and shadow and stillness, Love, for you.

    Congratulations to his soul.
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  • Lantz Pierre (9/3/2017 2:59:00 AM)


    Unless a love poem can say something startling right out of the blocks, my eyes begin glazing over pretty quickly. I didn't catch much here that was fresh or new, but I may have missed some pertinent detail or image because of the saporific effect such poems have on me. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/3/2017 2:00:00 AM)


    Such a great poem in rhyme..... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/3/2017 1:30:00 AM)


    In a strange air! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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