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never give all the heart?

This William Butler Yeats (1865-1935) poem has always been one of my favorites. I have wondered at it and about it for years.

I wonder is it always wise to hold back your heart? I suppose one has to only listen to thier heart to really know.

Loving is the birthright of the human race, isn’t it? We are born knowing that, I think, though often it fades into the opposite of love, and even into sheer wickedness as we see in the news reports of daily murders, and other such horrors.

But, we are born to love, this I do believe. I hope you believe with me.

Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.

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