I finally participated in another Scrap That Poetry challenge! I really love these and need to make it a point to do them more often.
The poem for this challenge was “Freedom and Love” by Thomas Campbell. I can’t tell you how many times I read through the poem… how many times I changed my mind about which line to use, which direction to go with this challenge!
Here’s the poem (the line I chose is in red):
Freedom And Love
by Thomas Campbell
How delicious is the winning
Of a kiss at love’s beginning,
When two mutual hearts are sighing
For the knot there’s no untying!
Yet remember, ‘Midst our wooing,
Love has bliss, but Love has ruing;
Other smiles may make you fickle,
Tears for other charms may trickle.
Love he comes, and Love he tarries,
Just as fate or fancy carries;
Longest stays, when sorest chidden;
Laughs and flies, when press’d and bidden.
Bind the sea to slumber stilly,
Bind its odour to the lily,
Bind the aspen ne’er to quiver,
Then bind Love to last for ever.
Love’s a fire that needs renewal
Of fresh beauty for its fuel:
Love’s wing moults when caged and captured,
Only free, he soars enraptured.
Can you keep the bee from ranging
Or the ringdove’s neck from changing?
No! nor fetter’d Love from dying
In the knot there’s no untying.
And my layout, featuring photos of some of my husband’s more romantic moments. 😉