Two human loves make
do I love thee? let me count the ways, I love
thee to the depth and breadth and height. My soul
can reach, when feeling out of sight. For the
ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the
level of every day's most quite need, by sun and
candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive
for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from
Praise, I love thee with the passion put to use
in my old grief's, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose. With my
lost saints - I love thee with the breath.
Smiles, tears of all my life!-and if God choose, I
shall but love thee better after death.
If thou must love me, let it be for naught
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
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.
What I do and what I dream
include thee, as the wine must taste of its own
The face of all the world is
changed, I think, Since first I heard the
footsteps of thy soul
Love me, sweet, with all thou
art, Feeling, thinking, seeing. - Love me in the
lightest part, Love me in full being.
Whoever lives true life will
love true love
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