(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

To My Enemy

Let those who will of friendship sing,
And to its guerdon grateful be,
But I a lyric garland bring
To crown thee, O, mine enemy!

Thanks, endless thanks, to thee I owe
For that my lifelong journey through
Thine honest hate has done for me
What love perchance had failed to do.

I had not scaled such weary heights
But that I held thy scorn in fear,
And never keenest lure might match
The subtle goading of thy sneer.

Thine anger struck from me a fire
That purged all dull content away,
Our mortal strife to me has been
Unflagging spur from day to day.

And thus, while all the world may laud
The gifts of love and loyalty,
I lay my meed of gratitude
Before thy feet, mine enemy!

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Reflections of a young lover who has to prove his sincerity to his sweetheart and her parents. Thanks, PH.
I strove to act the man- -in vain! We had exchanged our hearts indeed........touching expression with a nice theme. Beautiful poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
I in my arms the maiden clasping; I could not tell the reason why, But, O, I trembled like an aspen! life and love and all that happens in life is a mystery. tony
A love poem, but unique in the sentiment.
A poem with subtle and sweet satire, so good to read as a POD. But who am I to rate this poem?
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