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    Elizabeth Barrett Browning - If Thou Must Love Me

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    Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Sonnet 14 - If Thou Must Love Me - Read by Katharine Cornell

    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.