Coventry Patmore

(23 July 1823 - 26 November 1896 / Essex, England)

Coventry Patmore Poems

1. The Toys 1/3/2003
2. The Kiss 1/3/2003
3. Magna Est Veritas 1/3/2003
4. Departure 1/3/2003
5. The Married Lover 1/3/2003
6. Love's Reality 1/3/2003
7. A Farewell 1/3/2003
8. Deliciae Sapientiae de Amore 1/3/2003
9. 'If I were dead' 1/4/2003
10. The Revelation 1/3/2003
11. Faint Yet Pursuing 1/3/2003
12. The Foreign Land 1/3/2003
13. The Spirit's Depths 1/3/2003
14. A London Fête 4/14/2010
15. Unthrift 1/3/2003
16. Amelia 4/14/2010
17. The Woodman’s Daughter 4/14/2010
18. The Unknown Eros. Book I. 4/14/2010
19. A Dream 4/14/2010
20. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto I. 4/14/2010

The Married Lover

Why, having won her, do I woo?
Because her spirit's vestal grace
Provokes me always to pursue,
But, spirit-like, eludes embrace;
Because her womanhood is such
That, as on court-days subjects kiss
The Queen's hand, yet so near a touch
Affirms no mean familiarness;
Nay, rather marks more fair the height

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