William Blake is a visionary poet (28 November 1757 — 12 August 1827) who provides a timeless perspective on love:
Children of the future age,
Reading this indignant page,
Know that in a former time,
Love! sweet Love! was thought a crime.
from Songs of Experience.
As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.