“Valentine’s Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Sonnets from the Portuguese, XIV
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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 certs 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 wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thy own dear pity 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 nevermore
Thou mayest love on, through love’s eternity.
I hope everyone has a very happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy it with a loved one.