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And as for him, he got engaged in talk
And now good bye;
LEONARD TO EUCHARIS.
From London: Jan. 28, 18-2.
Thanks for your last, more dear to me than ever.
This is the answer to your searching out
Of what love means, in spirit and in truth,—
Nearness and openness; if ever time
Should come when we are wedded, to the world,
Perchance I then could find some other word
Which you would then more clearly understand.
Till then, if ever we should come indeed
To add the outward to the inward troth,
This word, I mean the second, will suffice.
You doubt my definition? Lest you should,
Let me by letter labour to explain.
A labour, truly, in the scanty space
Afforded by a letter, to express
My meaning clearly; it will help, I think,
To lay down first some postulates,—some signs
Which have to us a like significance;
(For all disputings which the world has seen
Spring from this chiefly,—want of one consent
As to the meaning of some common phrase.)
What then is true to us? (It matters not,
When thus between ourselves, how truth appears
To others.) We discern two separate states;
Not separate by Time, for ever both
Are co-existent; one invisible
Which we have labelled spiritual, and one
Material, which is servant to the first,
And only has existence while the first
Exists to comprehend it, ever changed
To match the constant progress of the soul.
(You will recall our earlier conversations
Which touched on this.) The one the dwelling-
Because 'tis positive,—a thing to do,—