Summum Bonum;

All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee: 
All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem: 
In the core of one pearl all the shade and the the shine of the sea: 
Breath and bloom, shade and shine, - wonder, wealth, and - how far above them - 

Truth, that's brighter than gem, 
Trust, that's purer than pearl, - 
Brightest truth, purest trust in the universe - all were for me in the kiss of one girl. 


Robert Browning
May 7, 1812 - December 12, 1889