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A Sonnet

This sonnet is from an MS in the Louise Chandler Moulton papers (Library of Congress), quoted in John E. Frost's Sarah Orne Jewett, p. 116.

Why do I love you?  If I told you why
Then you would know the secret that was made
The law that Love has from all time obeyed,
And I should understand a mystery.
From the four corners of the earth have I
Gathered into my heart, all unafraid
The friendships that are mine.  This price I paid:
I gave myself for them most willingly.
The life in me a part of all Life is!
One great power moves the whole world on its way;
When I am happiest is when I find
The next of kin to me   in hills or seas
Or trees that grow, or flowers that bloom in May
Or you dear love   my friend so true and kind.
 


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