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poetry by j matthew waters

What is Love?

from a poem written in 1842
by my great great grandmother
Elizabeth (Mason) Waters
at 17 years of age
Washington, Iowa


What is Love? A heavenly feeling,
Centered in the human breast,
Softly o’er the senses stealing,
Gives the aching bosom rest.

What is Love? It is a treasure,
Seldom prized as it should be
‘Tis a pain, ‘tis a pleasure,
From all selfish feelings free.



Learn more about Elizabeth Mason Waters

april two thousand thirteen
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28 thoughts on “What is Love?

  1. Thank you for sharing your great great grandmother’s poem. That is wonderful that this treasure has been kept in your family, for others to enjoy.

  2. WOW what a treasure to have kept something so valuable! Thank you for sharing this. I often ask myself that question “What is love?”

  3. How sweet and wonderful and completely lovely, John! A treasure indeed – K

  4. cyberbonn on said:

    I see that talent runs in the family. 🙂

  5. THANK U FOR POSTING A GREAT POEM OF YOUR GREAT GRAND MOTHER. YOUR LUCKY FOR HAVING SUCH A GOOD PERSONALITY AS YOUR GRATE GRAND MOTHER
    WITH REGARDS
    ADVOCATEMMMOHAN

  6. What a gift — to peek through the hourglass of time and realize how little the human heart has changed…Thank YOU!!

  7. How lovely! Love is a timeless issue that we ponder over… Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

  8. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words on said:

    what a wonderful gift she left for you to find….
    I loved reading my grandmothers poems…though
    I have no ideal who got them when she passed over…
    This is a beautiful poem…still rings true today….
    Thank you for sharing …
    )0(

  9. this is truly lovely 😉

  10. Reblogged this on Poetry Inspector and commented:
    A wonderful treasure to share- Visit j matthew Waters

  11. Thank you so much for sharing and allowing that poem to continue to live. I really appreciated reading that!

  12. She had a great deal of insight for 17

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