Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Love's Philosophy - Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In another's being mingle-
Why not I with thine?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower could be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea; -
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?


Comments about Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Butch Decatoria (11/29/2018 3:50:00 PM)


    I love this one. Thumbs up! (Report) Reply

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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/24/2018 9:09:00 AM)


    Marvellous philosophical piece of artwork... like it as well (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (6/4/2018 11:21:00 PM)


    o philosophical truth is explored-

    The winds of heaven mix forever
    With a sweet emotion;
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/24/2018 1:49:00 AM)


    A poet's poet...........ansaanan (Report) Reply

  • (1/29/2018 4:12:00 PM)


    What a beautiful man and poet he was. (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2018 12:32:00 AM)


    Briliant (Report) Reply

  • (1/9/2018 4:22:00 PM)


    I need you (Report) Reply

  • Baleegh Hamdy (7/28/2017 4:24:00 PM)


    اجتـهـادِي في ترجَـمَة قـصِيدة:

    Love's Philosophy

    By Shelley


    فلسـفـة الحُـبِّ للشاعِـر: شِـيـلي

    The fountains mingle with the river
    And the rivers with the ocean



    The winds of Heaven mix for ever
    With a sweet emotion

    كمْ عَـانـقَ النهرُ نـبْـعـاً

    وكمْ توَسَّـدَ من البحرِ المُحيطِ صدْراً رَحيما



    وتضَـوَّعَ الـمَـدَى دَوْماً

    بأريـجِ أنـفـاسِ النسـيـمِ يـومَ أنْ لاقَـى نسِيما

    _______________________

    Nothing in the world is single
    All things by a law divine



    In one spirit meet and mingle
    Why not I with thine

    فلا شيءَ في الكَوْنِ منفردٌ

    هَـذِي أقـدَارُنا بـيـدِ الإلـهِ قـدْ نُظِّـمَـتْ تنظيما



    وِئامُ الرُّوحِ يَجمَعُ كُلَّ نفسٍ

    فإلامَ أنتِ وإيايَ نستقِى بالبُـعْـدِ ماءً حَمـيما

    ________________________

    See the mountains kiss high Heaven
    And the waves clasp one another



    No sister-flower would be forgiven
    If it disdained its brother

    وجبالُ الكَـوْنِ في شُغُـلٍ تلـثُـم ثغـرَ السمَاءِ

    ومـوْجْ البحْـرِ إلـفٌ بكـفِّ إلـفٍ قـيْـدَ اللقاءِ



    والزهْرُ إن يُـبْـدِ لأرحامِهِ يوماً عَينَ ازدرَاءِ

    فلن يـلْـقَ مِن ربّهِ عَفـواً عن جَريمةِ الخُيَلاءِ

    ________________________

    And the sunlight clasps the earth
    And the moonbeams kiss the sea



    What are all these (meetings) worth
    If thou (meet) not me

    وضوْءُ الشمْسِ كَمْ صَافحَ من أرضٍ

    والـبَـدْرُ كمْ قـبَّـلَ خَـدَّ المَاءِ



    أُنسُ الرُّوحِ بالرُّوحِ كـمْ لنا يُجْـدِي ؟

    إنْ لمْ نذُقْ مَعاً شهْدَ اللقاءِ

    ◘◘ ترجمة بلـيْغ حـمْـدي ◘◘
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  • Tapan M. Saren (4/14/2017 8:38:00 PM)


    Very very romantic.....! (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/6/2017 11:33:00 PM)


    All things by a law divine.

    A well expressed poem.

    Sylva
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2016 9:47:00 AM)

    tom allport
    I think Shelley was feeling alone and isolated when he wrote this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2016 9:45:00 AM)

    tom allport
    I think Shelley was feeing alone and isolated when he wrote this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (11/23/2016 9:14:00 AM)

    Love's Philosophy
    Short poem that says it all... (Report) Reply

  • Pratik Rajani (10/12/2016 7:14:00 AM)


    Nothing in the world is single;
    All things by a law divine
    In another's being mingle
    this line show the nature law and it seems like p b shelley want to give proof to reader.
    And in very next line he ask question which seems like he is asking god.
    (Report) Reply

  • Seema Sharma Rimi (6/10/2016 8:46:00 AM)


    he fountains mingle with the river,
    And the rivers with the ocean;
    The winds of heaven mix forever
    With a sweet emotion;
    Nothing in the world is single;
    All things by a law divine

    True..nothing in this world is single.
    Thanks for the poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Mwenyeji Spikes (5/20/2016 4:10:00 AM)


    the imagery on this poem is amazing, I like it (Report) Reply

  • Kaisar Saggu (4/10/2016 12:59:00 PM)


    nothing is in the world single, wonderful words. only togetherness bring charm& life (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2016 2:56:00 PM)


    Be still my heart exquisite (Report) Reply

  • Kumar Dheeraj (2/29/2016 5:55:00 PM)


    One of the most beautiful love lyric in the history of love philosophy.
    The central theme revolves around the mutual binding and coupling between the two different natural forces.The beauty of the poem lies with the lyric describing the self attraction among the fountain, the rivers and the ocean.Finally the poem ends with the appeal and urge for kiss and togetherness, as nothing in the world is single by giving all the natural references of several different love forms, otherwise these natural kissing and coupling are worthless.
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2016 5:50:00 PM)


    Wow. . . It perfectly describes how I feel. A nice piece of art and creativity. I love it (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Monday, December 4, 2017


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