Poems (1898)/The Heart of Love

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Poems (1898) by Florence Earle Coates
The Heart of Love

THE HEART OF LOVE

I know a place warm-sheltered from the world—
 A place secure, in mild conditions blest,
Where fainting Toil, the homespun banner furled,
  May pause awhile and rest:
I know a place where fires burn late,
And mercy, waiting at the gate,
  Still welcomes the oppress'd!


I know a shrine more rich than Plutus' fane,
 An altar fragrant with celestial dew,
Where wavering souls their virgin faiths regain
  And energies renew.
I know a garden fair and free,
Where life yet wears, unfadingly,
  Lost Eden's roseate hue!