An Old Saying

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An Old Saying
by Algernon Charles Swinburne
This poem is from the collection Astrophel and Other Poems, Book I of The Collected Poetical Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne, Vol. VI.

     Many waters cannot quench love,
       Neither can the floods drown it.
     Who shall snare or slay the white dove
       Faith, whose very dreams crown it,
     Gird it round with grace and peace, deep,
     Warm, and pure, and soft as sweet sleep?
     Many waters cannot quench love,
       Neither can the floods drown it.

     Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
       As a seal upon thine arm.
     How should we behold the days depart
       And the nights resign their charm?
     Love is as the soul: though hate and fear
     Waste and overthrow, they strike not here.
     Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
       As a seal upon thine arm.