Love is Lord of All

by Boethius

English version by H. R. James
Original Language Latin

Why are Nature's changes bound
To a fixed and ordered round?
What to leaguĆd peace hath bent
Every warring element?
Wherefore doth the rosy morn
Rise on Ph¤bus' car upborne?
Why should Ph¤be rule the night,
Led by Hesper's guiding light?
What the power that doth restrain
In his place the restless main,
That within fixed bounds he keeps,
Nor o'er earth in deluge sweeps?
Love it is that holds the chains,
Love o'er sea and earth that reigns;
LoveĐwhom else but sovereign Love?Đ
Love, high lord in heaven above!
Yet should he his care remit,
All that now so close is knit
In sweet love and holy peace,
Would no more from conflict cease,
But with strife's rude shock and jar
All the world's fair fabric mar.

Tribes and nations Love unites
By just treaty's sacred rites;
Wedlock's bonds he sanctifies
By affection's softest ties.
Love appointeth, as is due,
Faithful laws to comrades trueĐ
Love, all-sovereign Love!Đoh, then,
Ye are blest, ye sons of men,
If the love that rules the sky
In your hearts is throned on high!

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