A Poem for a Thursday #30

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Ludwig Lewisohn was a literary and drama critic and an editor. He wrote about 40 books and many articles. He also taught, wrote poetry, and translated German literature. Obviously, he was a man of many talents. He wrote this poem about the peace and joys of marriage. Interestingly, he was married three times and had at least two affairs. Take from that what you will.

You and I by this lamp with these
Few books shut out the world.  Our knees
Touch almost in this little space.
But I am glad.  I see your face.
The silences are long, but each
Hears the other without speech.
And in this simple scene there is 
The essence of all subtleties,
The freedom from all fret and smart,
The one sure sabbath of the heart.

The world--we cannot conquer it,
Nor change the mind of fools one whit.
Here, here alone do we create
Beauty and peace inviolate;
Here night by night and hour by hour
We build a high impregnable tower
Whence may shine, now and again,
A light to light the feet of men
When they see the rays thereof:
And this is marriage, this is love.

Ludwig Lewisohn

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  1. Lovely poem for a readerly couple, isn't it?

    1. Isn't it? I love the phrase "the one sure sabbath of the heart."