Freedom And Love Poem by Thomas Campbell

Freedom And Love

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How delicious is the winning
Of a kiss at love's beginning,
When two mutual hearts are sighing
For the knot there's no untying!
Yet remember, 'Midst our wooing,
Love has bliss, but Love has ruing;
Other smiles may make you fickle,
Tears for other charms may trickle.
Love he comes, and Love he tarries,
Just as fate or fancy carries;
Longest stays, when sorest chidden;
Laughs and flies, when press'd and bidden.
Bind the sea to slumber stilly,
Bind its odour to the lily,
Bind the aspen ne'er to quiver,
Then bind Love to last for ever.
Love's a fire that needs renewal
Of fresh beauty for its fuel:
Love's wing moults when caged and captured,
Only free, he soars enraptured.
Can you keep the bee from ranging
Or the ringdove's neck from changing?
No! nor fetter'd Love from dying
In the knot there's no untying.

tina 24 June 2021


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tina 24 June 2021

ok good poem

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Susan Williams 24 February 2016

The masculine view of love- perfectly expressed- -there is no mistaking its meaning- no loopholes to hide from the truth- -this poem should be ingrained in female hearts, minds, and souls before they leave kindergarten... would save them a lot of grief

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A man 15 May 2021

Many people say it's a commentary on the temptation to cheat instead of stay faithful, something that both sexes struggle with, apparently. I've never had that temptation though.

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Thomas Campbell

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