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Poem Title:  One Word Is Too Often Profaned

Poem Category:  Love Poems

Poet:  Percy Shelley

Poet Biography: 
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1827) was an English Romantic poet who rebelled against English politics and conservative values of his time.



Poem: 
One word is too often profaned
For me to profane it;
One feeling too falsely disdained
For thee to disdain it;
One hope is too like despair
For prudence to smother;
And pity from thee more dear
Than that from another.

I can give not what men call love;
But wilt thou accept not
The worship the heart lifts above
And the heavens reject not, -
The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow?


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