Sonnets from the Portuguese: XIV
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1If thou must love me, let it be for nought
2Except for love's sake only. Do not say
3."I love her for her smile-her look-her way
4Of speaking gently,-for a trick of thought
6A sense of pleasant ease on such a day."-
7For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may
8Be changed, or change for thee,-and love, so wrought,
9May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
10Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry,-
11A creature might forget to weep, who bore
12Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
13But love me for love's sake, that evermore
14Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.
5] certes: certainly (archaic) Back to Line
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Marc R. Plamondon