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XIV (If thou must love me, let it be for nought)

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 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 cheek 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

I believe this is what TRUE LOVE is all about - loving someone without any reasons. You just love someone because you do.

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Ruth said...

I've never read that poem before. It's sweet isn't it.

Jenaisle said...

Yes, Ruth, this poem never ceases to touch my heart because of the truth it expresses in its simplicity. TRUE LOVE does not need any reason.