Love’s Philosophy

Percy Bysshe Shelley died on this day, July 8, in 1822 but his wonderful poetry lives on.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1872- 1822) Photo: www.internationaltimes.it
Percy Bysshe Shelley
(1872- 1822)
Photo: http://www.internationaltimes.it

I have been enthralled by the work of Shelley since I was in school and Love’s Philosophy is the poem of his that most often comes to mind.

Love’s Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In another’s being mingle–
Why not I with thine?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower could be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;–
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Every single time I see Tramore Bay lit up by the moon, the final lines of this poem come flowing back …

Moon over Tramore Bay, Co. Waterford.
Moon over Tramore Bay, Co. Waterford.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

4 thoughts on “Love’s Philosophy”

    1. Thanks very much for the link, Sarah. I’d never known the poem had been put to music. It’s beautiful. Can’t imagine singing it. You must have a great voice.

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