„True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven“

—  Walter Scott, Context: True love's the gift which God has given To man alone beneath the heaven: It is not fantasy's hot fire, Whose wishes, soon as granted, fly; It liveth not in fierce desire, With dead desire it doth not die; It is the secret sympathy, The silver link, the silken tie, Which heart to heart, and mind to mind In body and in soul can bind. Canto V, stanza 13.
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escritor del Romanticismo británico 1771 - 1832
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