Sunday, February 14, 2010

To My Loves

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake.  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
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 they love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

You and your daddy loved poetry so much. And I love you.