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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Love Serviceable

By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)

From ‘The Angel in the House’

WHAT measure Fate to him shall mete

Is not the noble lover’s care;

He’s heart-sick with a longing sweet

To make her happy as she’s fair.

Oh, misery, should she him refuse,

And so her dearest good mistake!

His own success he thus pursues

With frantic zeal for her sole sake.

To lose her were his life to blight,

Being loss to hers; to make her his,

Except as helping her delight,

He calls but accidental bliss;

And, holding life as so much pelf

To buy her posies, learns this lore:

He does not rightly love himself

Who does not love another more.