The sweet of life is mine , and mine to give

The sweet of life is mine , and mine to give ,
If you by your acceptance make it mine ;
Yours is the mastery of all that live
If your life to my mastery resign .
For what in life is sweet by love is sweet ,
And love when sweetest may not live alone ;
Till love with love in sweet submission meet
Love has no power to comprehend his own .
Yield then your heart , and take it yours again
With all my heart . with all the sweet of life ;
Fear not that pleasure once possessed may wane —
Happy the bride , more happy yet the wife .
The richness of our love is but begun
When all I ask and all you grant are one .

7 April 1954