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Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 1: Poems Written in Youth; Poems Referring to the Period of Childhood (Second Edition)
pg 307XXVSEPTIMIUS AND ACME
- 1Septimius thus his [ ] love addressed,
- 2His darling Acme in his arms sustained,
- 3"My Acme, may I perish if my breast
- 4Burns not for thee with love to madness strained,
- 5And more—if I am not prepared to give
- 6To thee such earnest love unchanged by time
- 7As any human heart can feel and live,
- 8Then may I roam through Lybia's burning clime
- 9And meet alone the ravenous lion's roar."
- 10He spoke and at the word the God of love,
- 11The God of love, as from the right before,
- 12Sneezed from the left, and did the vow approve.
- 13But Acme, lightly turning back her head,
- 14Kissed with that rosy mouth th' inebriate eyes
- 15Of the sweet youth, and kissed again and said:
- 16"My life, and what far more than life I prize,
- 17So may we to the end of time obey
- 18Love our sole master, as my bosom owns
- 19A flame that with far more resistless sway
- 20Thrills through the very marrow of my bones."
- 21She spoke and Love, as from the right before,
- 22Sneezed from the left hand and the vow approved.
- 23Needing no other omen to implore,
- 24With mutual soul they love and are beloved;
- 25His Acme only does Septimius prize
- 26All Syria and all Britain's wealth above;
- 27And Acme for Septimius only sighs,
- 28And finds in him alone her sole delight and love.
- 29Whoe'er a more auspicious passion saw,
- 30Or any mortals under happier law?