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An Old Meerschaum

From Coals of Fire and Other Stories, Volume II

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Published: 1882
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,724 / 53 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 565
Added to site: 2007.08.02
mnybks.net#: 17809
Genre: Short Story
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s the young people were tolerably happy. They were together a good deal, and, in the particular stage at which they had arrived, the mere fact of being together is a bliss and a wonder. Leigh Hunt--less read in these days than he deserves to be--sings truly--

Heaven's in any roof that covers On any one same night two lovers.

They went about in a state of Elysian beatitude, these young people. Love worked strange metamorphoses, as he does always. They found new joys in Tennyson, and rejoiced in the wonderful colours of the waves. I am not laughing at them for these things. I first read Tennyson when I was in love, and liked him, and understood him a great deal better than I have been able to do since I came out of Love's dear bondages. To be in love is a delicious and an altogether admirable thing. I would be in love again to-morrow if I could. You should be welcome to your foolish laugh at my raptures. Ah me! I shall never know those raptures any more; and the follies you will laugh at in me wil

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