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

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


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

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  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/6/2017 11:33:00 PM)


    All things by a law divine.

    A well expressed poem.

    Sylva
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  • Robert Murray Smith (1/28/2017 6:31:00 PM)


    A wonderful poem. One of the best. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/13/2016 9:47:00 AM)

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

  • Tom Allport (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

  • (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.
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  • Seema Devi Sharma (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.
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  • 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

  • Er 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.
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  • (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

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/23/2015 12:25:00 PM)


    Wonderful poem............I loved it. PBS (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2015 4:26:00 PM)


    ....a beautiful and timeless piece, simply superb ★ (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2015 11:33:00 PM)


    It is written incorrectly. Should be this:

    The Fountains mingle with the River
    And the Rivers with the Ocean,
    The winds of Heaven mix for ever
    With a sweet emotion;
    Nothing in the world is single;
    All things by law divine
    In one spirit meet and mingle.
    Why not I with thine? -

    See the mountains kiss high Heaven
    And the waves clasp one another;
    No sister-flower would be forgiven
    If it disdained its brother,
    And the sunlight clasps the earth
    And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
    What is all this sweet work worth
    If thou not kiss me?

    Everything about poem matters. Punctuation, spelling, the capitalization of some words and not others, spacing(notice for ever is two words) and placement on the page(straight left-center-or straight right) , and especially its life beyond the author. Please work to keep them true to when they were composed.
    (Report) Reply

    Kevin Ferrara (8/8/2015 11:44:00 PM)

    ...and should be centered, but this comments section can't do that.

    Kevin Ferrara (8/8/2015 11:44:00 PM)

    ...should be centered, but this site would not allow it in comments section.

  • Chinedu Dike (8/6/2015 1:43:00 PM)


    Brilliant piece of poetry, subtly and elegantly penned in poetic diction with beautiful rhyme scheme. A great romantic poem bristling with emotion and desire. Another master piece from an icon of monumental proportions. His poem OZYMANDIAS, a piece of great elegance with rendition of words to utmost justice, that leaves the reader with an enigma to ponder, a compelling work of art that inspired the way I wrote my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makvana (8/4/2015 11:56:00 PM)


    Amazing indirection of lips clasping to his beloved one! (Report) Reply

  • Gabriel Romero (7/12/2015 3:23:00 AM)


    Man, Percy, take a hint... (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (6/20/2015 8:11:00 PM)


    Piece of great elegance, beautifully penned in poetic diction with conviction. A lovely romantic poem indeed. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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