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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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