John Bannister Tabb

(1845-1909 / the United States)

Cloistered - Poem by John Bannister Tabb

Within the compass of mine eyes
Behold, a lordly city lies-
A world to me unknown,
Save that along its crowded ways
Moves one whose heart in other days
Was mated to mine own.

I ask no more; enough for me
One heaven above us both to see,
One calm horizon-line
Around us, like a mystic ring
That Love has set, encompassing
That kindred life and mine.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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