“Love’s Philosophy”

The Shelley Memorial at University College, Oxford.  The memorial consists of a white marble sculpture of a reclining nude and dead Shelley washed up on the shore at Viareggio in Italy after his drowning, sculpted by Edward Onslow Ford, associated with the New Sculpture movement


The fountains mingle with the river
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
   With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
   All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and 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 is all this sweet work worth
   If thou kiss not me?

3 thoughts on ““Love’s Philosophy””

  1. The last four lines of this poem figure prominently in a rather amazing episode of “Lewis”, which, although on the surface a police procedural, is also a kind of meditation on giftedness and creativity, humor and seriousness, genuineness and falseness, and, of course, like all good cop shows everywhere, life and death. Here’s the link:


    Plus also, there’s great casting, acting, direction, pacing, and photography of Oxford and its environs – a strong candidate for being the most beautiful place on Earth – including a final scene at the Shelley Memorial.

    Well worth a viewing…

  2. Yeah. I thought the part about J. R. R. Tolkein playing banjo in a Trad band (the Thames Valley Cotton Pickers) was particularly choice…

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