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Sonnets from the Portuguese iv

Written by: Elizabeth Barrett Browning | Biography
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IF thou must love me let it be for naught 
Except for love's sake only.
Do not say 'I love her for her smile¡ªher look¡ªher way Of speaking gently ¡ªfor a trick of thought That falls in well with mine and certes brought 5 A sense of pleasant ease on such a day'¡ª For these things in themselves Belov¨¨d may Be changed or change for thee¡ªand love so wrought May be unwrought so.
Neither love me for Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry: 10 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 mayst love on through love's eternity.



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