Quotation by Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore

The world, unfathomably fair,
Is duller than a witling's jest.
Love wakes men, once a lifetime each;
They lift their heavy lids, and look;
And, lo, what one sweet page can teach,
They read with joy, then shut the book.
Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore (1823–1896), British poet. The Angel in the House (l. 3–8). . .

Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (1964; reprinted, with corrections, 1965) Oxford University Press.
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