How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd;
Labour and rest, that equal periods keep;
"Obedient slumbers that can wake and weep;"
Desires compos'd, affections ever ev'n,
Tears that delight, and sighs that waft to Heav'n.
Grace shines around her with serenest beams,
And whisp'ring angels prompt her golden dreams.
For her th' unfading rose of Eden blooms,
And wings of seraphs shed divine perfumes,
For her the Spouse prepares the bridal ring,
For her white virgins hymeneals sing,
To sounds of heav'nly harps she dies away,
And melts in visions of eternal day.
A few days ago, I was watching one of my most favourite romance movies- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Then that part of the movie came which explains the title; Kirsten Dunst’s character is talking to John Wilkinson’s character and trying to impress him with her knowledge. She says the first for lines of the stanza given above.
These lines moved me and I Googled for the poem from where they were taken. It is called Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope. It is a beautiful poem about true love found and lost. Many stanzas moved me; some even brought tears to my eyes.
I just felt like sharing it with those who don’t know the poem.