Sonnet 14 - 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 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.

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Comments (27)

Tis a very beautiful display of affection yet many don't know why i cry even though thy am shy
All the things are difficult before easy
For John
Beautiful portrayal of the essence of true love - a mighty spiritual experience that affects one profoundly.
Love the person because you love him/her, not because of pity and attraction. Then, this gives the meaning of forever.
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