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Friday, 12 February 2021

No Jewelled Beauty is My Love by Gerald Massey

No jewell’d Beauty is my Love,
Yet in her earnest face
There ‘s such a world of tenderness,
She needs no other grace.
Her smiles, and voice, around my life
In light and music twine,
And dear, O very dear to me.
Is this sweet Love of mine.

O joy! to know there ‘s one fond heart
Beats ever true to me:
It sets mine leaping like a lyre,
In sweetest melody:
My soul up-springs, a Deity!
To hear her voice divine;
And dear, O very dear to me,
Is this sweet Love of mine.

If ever I have sigh’d for wealth,
‘T was all for her, I trow;
And if I win Fame’s victor-wreath,
I’ll twine it on her brow.
There may be forms more beautiful,
And souls of sunnier shine,
But none, O none, so clear to me,
As this sweet Love of mine.

From: Massey, Gerald, Poems, 1863, Ticknor and Fields: Boston, pp. 34-35.

Date: 1854

By: Gerald Massey (1828-1907)