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LOVE SONNETS

One of my favorite forms of poetry...here's some I've discovered along the way...

REMEMBER ME WHEN I AM GONE AWAY
by Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.


IF THOU MUST LOVE ME,
LET IT BE FOR NOUGHT
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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 brings
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 may love on, through love's eternity.


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