American Poetry 1922/They Say—


They say I have a constant heart, who know
     Not anything of how it turns and yields
     First here, first there; nor how in separate fields
It runs to reap and then remains to sow;
How, with quick worship, it will bend and glow
     Before a line of song, an antique vase,
     Evening at sea; or in a well-loved face
Seek and find all that Beauty can bestow.

Yet they do well who name it with a name,
     For all its rash surrenders call it true.
Though many lamps be lit, yet flame is flame;
     The sun can show the way, a candle too.
The tribute to each fragment is the same
     Service to all of Beauty—and her due.

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