from Malcolm's Katie
O, Love builds on the azure sea,
And Love builds on the golden sand;
And Love builds on the rose-wing'd cloud.
And sometimes Love builds on the land.
O, if Love build on sparkling sea —
And if Love build on golden strand —
And if Love build on rosy cloud —
To Love these are the solid land.
O, Love will build his lily walls,
And Love his pearly roof will rear,—
On cloud or land, or mist or sea —
Love's solid land is everywhere!
Isabella Valancy Crawfordfrom Old Spookses' Pass, Malcolm's Katie and other poems, 1884
[Poem is in the public domain worldwide]
Isabella Valancy Crawford (by George J. Dance)