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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 certęs brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day"
For these things in themselves, Beloved, nray
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 ever
Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity.
ACCUSE me not, beseech thee, that I
Too calm and sad a face in front of thine;
For we two look two ways, and cannot shine
With the same sunlight on our brow and hair.
On me thou lookest with no doubting
As on a bee shut in a crystalline; Since sorrow hath shut me safe in love's divine,
And to spread wing and fly in the outer air
Were most impossible failure, if I strove
AND yet, because thou overcomest so, Because thou art more noble and like a
1 Compare the Letters, 1, 256, 274-5, 506, 508.
Compare the Letters, 1, 515.