The Kiss

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Francesco Hayez, The Kiss, 1859
"Idea: Sonnet 61"

Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part. 
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me,
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart 
That thus so cleanly I myself can free;
Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows, 
And when we meet at any time again, 
Be it not seen in either of our brows 
That we one jot of former love retain. 
Now at the last gasp of Love’s latest breath, 
When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies, 
When Faith is kneeling by his bed of death, 
And Innocence is closing up his eyes,
          Now, if thou wouldst, when all have given him over, 
          From death to life thou might’st him yet recover!

Editor's Note: Students were asked to pair a poem and painting with no explanation of the connection. 

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