444 – “Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.”

–e e Cummings [See Source Notes for entire poem]

Quote Number:  734

Source: Cummings, e e. “being to timelessness as it’s to time.” Likely in 95 Poems. e e Cummings. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: San Diego. 1958.

Source Notes: 

a Poem
being to timelessness as it’s to time,
love did no more begin than love will end;
where nothing is to breathe to stroll to swim
love is the air the ocean and the land

(do lovers suffer? all divinities
proudly descending put on deathful flesh:
are lovers glad? only their smallest joy’s
a universe emerging from a wish)

love is the voice under all silences,
the hope which has no opposite in fear;
the strength so strong mere force is feebleness:
the truth more first than sun more last than star

– do lovers love? why then to heaven with hell.
Whatever sages say and fools, all’s well

 

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