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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Love Song


Once in the worlds first prime, 
When nothing lived or stirred, 
Nothing but new-born Time, 
Nor was there even a bird 
The Silence spoke to a Star, 
But do not dare repeat
What it said to its love afar: 
It was too sweet, too sweet.

But there, in the fair worlds youth, 
Ere sorrow had drawn breath, 
When nothing was known but Truth, 
Nor was there even death, 
The Star to Silence wed, 
And the Sun was priest that day, 
And they made their bridal-bed
High in the Milky Way.

For the great white star had heard
Her silent lovers speech; 
It needed no passionate word
To pledge them each to each.
O lady fair and far, 
Hear, oh, hear, and apply! 
Thou the beautiful Star 
The voiceless silence, I.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)
  3. The Breaking of Chains
  4. The Chain
  5. The Coming Man


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Yeats Love Song ("My love, we will go, we will go, I and you")
  • Elinor Wylie Love Song ("Lovers eminent in love")

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