Tuesday, December 13, 2005

To U


Sonnet 14 - If thou must love me, let it be for nought
XIV

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 mayst love on, through love's eternity.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

2 Comments:

Blogger Olivia said...

ah, ah, ah...more talk of love...

Is this from Browning's Sonnets of the Portuguese?

I took a quiz today that asked what literary classic are you? For instance, someone was Oscar Wilde's "Picture of Dorian Gray". My result was Shakespeare's Sonnets!

(It was at Quizilla. I also like Blogthings.)

12/13/2005 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Nerro said...

"sigh"....beautiful...u have a great day :)

12/14/2005 09:24:00 AM  

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