Lyrics by Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—
See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
I chose this poem because of the tie that binds us. Even now with this silence between us, I still feel you. It’s like another poet once sang, “she always lives inside of me, we’ve never been apart,”
Percy Bysche Shelley wrote Love’s Philosophy in 1819, tying together the concept that in the natural flow of the world, all things are related. The world is a complete system where all elements are tied together. Love according to Shelley should be no different.
As the poet’s love is separated from him, he wonders what is the purpose of all this connectedness, if he can’t be united with the object of his affection?
That’s why it’s hard to see magic when your heart is broken, because that break seems to break your connection with the world. “Nothing in the world is single” Shelley writes, but I find with our love lost, or even separated from you, I’ve never felt more alone and isolated.
Yet the ties are still there. If our love is true, those connections between us are still there as well. Bruised, battered and sore perhaps, but when the ties don’t break along with everything else, you have to close your eyes, shut off your mind and believe.
That’s the secret to any kind of magic. You have to believe in it. You have to put your faith in something beyond yourself, and faith that you’re living in a way which is true to your beliefs.
I believe in you, and I believe in us.