Sonnet. Love

        Go forth in life, oh friend! not seeking love;
            A mendicant, that with imploring eye
            And outstretched hand asks of the passers by
        The alms his strong necessities may move.
        For such poor love to pity near allied,
            Thy generous spirit may not stoop and wait,
        A suppliant, whose prayer may be denied,
            Like a spurned beggar's at a palace gate:
        But thy heart's affluence lavish uncontrolled;
            The largess of thy love give full and free,
        As monarchs in their progress scatter gold;
            And be thy heart like the exhaustless sea,
        That must its wealth of cloud and dew bestow,
        Though tributary streams or ebb or flow.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.