Coventry Patmore

(23 July 1823 - 26 November 1896 / Essex, England)

Love's Reality

Poem by Coventry Patmore

I walk, I trust, with open eyes;
I've travelled half my worldly course;
And in the way behind me lies
Much vanity and some remorse;
I've lived to feel how pride may part
Spirits, tho' matched like hand and glove;
I've blushed for love's abode, the heart;
But have not disbelieved in love;
Nor unto love, sole mortal thing
Or worth immortal, done the wrong
To count it, with the rest that sing,
Unworthy of a serious song;
And love is my reward: for now,
When most of dead'ning time complain,
The myrtle blooms upon my brow,
Its odour quickens all my brain.


Comments about Love's Reality by Coventry Patmore

  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/3/2019 6:35:00 PM)

    Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insightful piece of poetry written with conviction..............(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/15/2017 10:48:00 PM)

    There is nothing like love in life. Love is the mantra for strengthening the fabric of life at personal and social level. It is a prerequisite for peaceful co-existence among all people in the world. Thanks.
    I've blushed for love's abode, the heart;
    And love is my reward(Report)Reply

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  • Kyvin NashKyvin Nash (7/15/2017 5:26:00 PM)

    Beautifully done ,l like the lines, the first four lines...says experience and wisdom gained, I love those lines! (Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (7/15/2017 3:20:00 PM)

    This poem was such an easy flowing thing to read and honest to the core as well.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/15/2017 10:37:00 AM)

    Love the essence of life and a mind opening poem here likes.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/15/2017 3:19:00 AM)

    Such a nice poem on the reality of love... thanks for posting....(Report)Reply

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  • Kayode Are (7/15/2017 1:24:00 AM)

    The love of love for its sake seem immortal in the verse.(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (7/15/2017 1:19:00 AM)

    And love is my reward: for now,
    When most of dead'ning time complain, ........................... line to quote!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/15/2017 1:15:00 AM)

    With Open Eyes! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003