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Matthew Arnold (1822–88). The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867. 1909.

Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems

Too Late

[First published 1852. Reprinted 1855.]

EACH on his own strict line we move,

And some find death ere they find love.

So far apart their lives are thrown

From the twin soul that halves their own.

And sometimes, by still harder fate,

The lovers meet, but meet too late.

—Thy heart is mine!—True, true! ah true!

—Then, love, thy hand!—Ah no! adieu!