The sunlight clasps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea; what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?

sun kissed mountain

See the mountains kiss high heaven

Love’s Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river,
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix forever
   With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
   All things by a law divine
In one another’s being mingle,—
   Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,
   And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven
   If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
   And the moonbeams kiss the sea;
What are all these kissings worth,
   If thou kiss not me?


by Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822)
found in anthologies like The Major Works
image – Umair Mohsin

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One Response to “The sunlight clasps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea; what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    One of my favourites, Elizabeth, and so true! In a broader sense and in a very personal sense. And so beautifully illustrated by Umair Mohsin.