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(9 January 1881 – 27 October 1938 / Ashton)

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Hymn to Love

We are thine, O Love, being in thee and made of thee,
As théou, Léove, were the déep thought
And we the speech of the thought; yea, spoken are we,
Thy fires of thought out-spoken:

But burn’d not through us thy imagining
Like fiérce méood in a séong céaught,
We were as clamour’d words a fool may fling,
Loose words, of meaning broken.

For what more like the brainless speech of a fool,—
The lives travelling dark fears,
And as a boy throws pebbles in a pool
Thrown down abysmal places?

Hazardous are the stars, yet is our birth
And our journeying time theirs;
As words of air, life makes of starry earth
Sweet soul-delighted faces;

As voices are we in the worldly wind;
The great wind of the world’s fate
Is turn’d, as air to a shapen sound, to mind
And marvellous desires.

But not in the world as voices storm-shatter’d,
Not borne down by the wind’s weight;
The rushing time rings with our splendid word
Like darkness fill’d with fires.

For Love doth use us for a sound of song,
And Love’s meaning our life wields,
Making our souls like syllables to throng
His tunes of exultation.

Down the blind speed of a fatal world we fly,
As rain blown along earth’s fields;
Yet are we god-desiring liturgy,
Sung joys of adoration;

Yea, made of chance and all a labouring strife,
We go charged with a strong flame;
For as a language Love hath seized on life
His burning heart to story.

Yea, Love, we are thine, the liturgy of thee,
Thy thought’s golden and glad name,
The mortal conscience of immortal glee,
Love’s zeal in Love’s own glory.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • Carlos Echeverria (6/26/2012 10:25:00 AM)

    Abercrombie reminds us that we owe our existence to the satisfaction of love's desire.

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  • Juan Olivarez (6/30/2011 6:44:00 PM)

    Lighten up Francis (Michael)

  • Michael Pruchnicki (6/26/2011 1:46:00 PM)

    Good gosh almighty! he said as he read the cantankerous comments posted by colicky colleagues!

  • Louie -Love & Peace- Levy (6/26/2010 10:18:00 AM)

    All please Note;
    here is an ancient dead Poet's poem with some of our live comments. A copy-cat writ of their forever Literary immortal William Shakespeare

    Are we embarrassed as 'Foreigners' to pretend to comprehend such gibberish, playful worded, rhetoric?
    This British Bard, would have discovered as many others in the world that

    ' GOD IS LOVE '
    -------

    * 'What would we call God, by
    what other name? Only Love
    would be the same'

    More; see; *'As A Rose'
    -louie levy
    listed here on PH

  • Kevin Straw (6/26/2010 6:10:00 AM)

    A hymn to the god of love which, if there were such a god, would have some meaning.
    Otherwise, however good the poetry, it is all false.
    God is love, love is god - what on earth can those statements mean?
    What the weird spellings in the first two verses are there for I do not know and I do not care.

  • Ramesh T A (6/26/2010 2:30:00 AM)

    Love is leading life no doubt!

  • Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (7/1/2007 7:06:00 PM)

    Precious lovers out there, hear the call by a contemporary of yours........

  • Ravi Chandran (4/25/2007 4:53:00 AM)

    that is a very great thinking of yours. you are really blessed with imagination and true use of words. i really enjoyed very much.
    please read my poems at www.poemhunter.com/ravi-chandran
    i will be very greatful if you comment me
    \thank u keep it up.

  • Delilah Caszatt (6/26/2006 5:57:00 PM)

    Love is purified by fire and water! Beautiful words of LIFE! !

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