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14: If thou must love me...

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
"I love her for her smile — her look — her way
Of speaking gently, — for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day" —
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee, — and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry, —
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in Sonnets from the Portuguese, No. XIV

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( 3 humble opinions — Your humble opinion? )
reefgirluk
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Lovely
ladyofsalzburg
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
There are a couple of her poems which I particularly like. I saw this one posted somewhere earlier and had to repost a copy of my own to remind myself of it. Gotta say that I do actually agree with it as well. While it may be nice to be loved for something, things change and it's better to be loved just for the sake of it :)
reefgirluk
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Ive got Lindsey Duncan reading Sonnets from the Portuguese on a CD I love listening to
( 3 humble opinions — Your humble opinion? )

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