Be frugal in the gift of love,
Lest you should kindle in return
Love like your own, that may survive
Long after yours has ceased to burn.
For in life's later years you may
Meet with the ghost of what you woke
And shattered at a second stroke.
God help you on that fatal day.
Richard Church, The Solitary Man (1941).
In mid-20th century England, Richard Church was what used to be called "a man of letters." He and his work are now mostly forgotten, I fear. I have spent some time with his poetry over the years, and there are several quiet, fine poems like "Be Frugal" to be found there. I am not suggesting that his work should displace that of the "Major Poets." However, I now find that it is individual poems, not poets, that are most important to me. I first read "Be Frugal" perhaps 20 (or is it 30?) years ago. Now it unaccountably returns and delights me once again.
Ethelbert White, "Early Spring" (1919)