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Short poem

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840-1922)

To One on her Birthday

              1How shall I choose to wish you happiness
              2On this day or another? Your life's way
              3Has passed already far beyond our guess,
              4Who only watch and wait for you and pray.
              5Our love is but the creature of man's clay,
              6And you have chosen grief for your soul's bliss.
              7How shall I offer you mere joy to-day,
              8Nor seem for greater wealth to bring you less?
              9You have a world to win by faith sublime.
            10You have a heart to break for human woe.
            11That which you seek was never seen in Time.
            12That you shall find I dare not seek to know.
            13Yet will I wish you this, for your new birth,
            14You still may love: the sweetest thing on Earth.

Online text copyright © 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: The Poetical Works of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt: A Complete Edition (London: Macmillan, 1914): I, 344. PR 4149 B8 1914 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2005
Recent editing: 1:2005/2/19

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: ababbabacdcdee

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