Who Ever Loved That Loved Not At First Sight?

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should love, the other win;

And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?

by Christopher Marlowe

Comments (23)

Written centuries ago,but it still pierces the contemporary society.
I think this poem is purposefully ambiguous like most of his poems ... Asking a question for us to ponder the answer ...
Very true, it is not in our power to love or hate
Love at first sight, happened to me, but I am not sure I agree that it is the only way to fall in love. Some relationships are slow burners where folk get to love each other the more they find out about each other.
It lies not in our power to love or hate For will in us is overrules by fate. Great realization and it's acceptance through poem has made this poem equally great. Thanks for sharing it here.
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