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Love is life’s end – an end, but never ending;
All joys, all sweets, all happiness, awarding;
Love is life’s wealth (ne’er spent, but ever spending)
More rich by giving, taking by discarding;
Love’s life’s reward, rewarded in rewarding;
Then from thy wretched heart fond care remove,
Ah! Shouldst thou live but once love’s sweets to prove,
Thou will not love to live, unless thou live to love.

~Edmund Spenser

Painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir

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