Summum Bonum

Summum Bonum (by Robert Browning)

All the breath and the bloom of the year
     in the bag of one bee
All the wonder and wealth of the mine
     in the heart of one gem
In the core of one pearl all the shade
      and the shine of the sea
Breath and bloom, shade and shine, wonder, wealth,
     and how far above them
Truth that’s brighter than gem
Trust that’s purer than pearl,
Brightest truth, purest trust in the universe
      all were for me
In the kiss of one girl.


[This was in one of the boxes that Nels gave me to open on July 29, 2008 – – the night we got engaged!]


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