Excerpt from The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott.
From Canto Fifth.
For happy love's a heavenly sight,
And by a vile malignant sprite
In such no joy is found;
But earthly spirit could not tell
The heart of them that lov'd so well.
True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven:
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes, soon as granted, fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire,
With dead desire it doth not die;
It is the secret sympathy,
The silver link, the silken tie,
Which heart to heart, and mind to mind
In body and in soul can bind.
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