If Thou Must Love Me - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning - If Thou Must Love Me - Sonnet 14 - Read by Maureen Lipman

If Thou Must Love Me
Sonnet 14
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

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, Belovèd, 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 may'st love on, through love's eternity.

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