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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


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  1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning poems are so romantic. Hey, you're almost done with this challenge - only two more letters. Go girl ;-)

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  2. Great words...I enjoy seeing what you choose♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/x-ray-and-silver-apps/

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  3. I would love this, can not wait to get back to reading more than Dr. Seuss!

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  4. Not only is your poetry wonderful - oh the torment of true love :)
    but your history in never missing an Alphabe Thursday Freda is commendable - you go to the top of the class !
    Wren xx

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