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Love's Secret by William Blake


"Love's Secret" is a poem written by William Blake. This poem is about Blake telling his love that he loves her. Sadly, she didn't take too kindly too the idea and she left him. Soon after, a traveller comes along and Blake thinks she loves him too because she is silent and invisible towards him.

This poem is written as three stanzas with four lines in each. It is rhymed as ABAC in the second stanza and ABAB in the other two, if you feel that "me" and "invisbly" are rhyming words. The syllables switch between each line.


Love's Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind doth move
Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart,
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears.
Ah! she did depart!

Soon after she was gone from me,
A traveller came by,
Silently, invisibly:
He took her with a sigh.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century