If Thou Must Love Me -Sonnet 14

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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 certes 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
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 mayst love on, through love’s eternity.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from Portuguese is a collection of 44 sonnets written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning during the years 1845-1846 and published in 1850. The sonnets have been very popular since their publication.

45 Comments Add yours

  1. Lola says:

    Thank you … I adore these sentiments. Perfect timing for me.

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      thanks and glad you liked it.. 🙂

      Like

  2. Jackie Jain says:

    Wow. Beautifully written. Love is eternal. 🙂 Elizabeth? I will check about her on Google. 🙂

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      hey thank you!! Yes one should not love someone on their appearance! Yes do the honors.. 😛

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  3. Sonnet is one of the most difficult one to write. I did it only once at school and it was the last that I did. It was good, but most challenging to write. Thank for sharing this one – very beautiful, indeed. 🙂

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      hey why don’t you share your first and last sonnet! thanks a ton!! :))

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      1. LOL I’ve lost it long ago before we moved to the new house in another city. I was 15 at that time. More than eighteen years ago … 😛

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      2. AKIRAA says:

        Oh ohkay!
        Best of luck! 🙂

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  4. Himali Shah says:

    But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
    Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity

    What a beautiful Sonnet ! ❤

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yeah it is… :))

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      1. AKIRAA says:

        ❄❤❄

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  5. There is great wisdom in her words. Though love may begin with smiles and tears, it needs to grow to be its own foundation

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yep agreed.. yes she is really good! 🙂

      Like

  6. Alok Singhal says:

    What a beautiful one to share, love me for what i am!

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yes if you want to accept the way I am then only love me or I am fine! That’s what she meant! 🙂

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  7. sulagno13 says:

    waoh so lovely ❤ ❤ 🙂

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yeahh!! Thanks… :)))

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      1. sulagno13 says:

        ohh so sweet your welcome dear 🙂

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      2. sulagno13 says:

        hey did you read the post which i told u about….

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      3. AKIRAA says:

        Which?? Sorry but I don’t remember..

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      4. sulagno13 says:

        an unprecedented tale…..

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      5. AKIRAA says:

        Till I remember you didn’t tell me about this.. though if you want me to read then I’ll get back to you as soon as I complete it!

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      6. sulagno13 says:

        ok as u wish….its better u read what u love to 🙂

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      7. AKIRAA says:

        Aha.. you know my likes and dislikes,, wait even better you know what I Love and what not! 😉
        Ohkay so I read the whole thing but first you tell me was this real or fiction cause I assume to be real and it ends up being fiction!
        That’s what happened with me with that Akanksha thingi.. .you please clarify!

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      8. sulagno13 says:

        ohh i take that as a compliment that u feel i can read your mind and know your feelings likes and dislikes….hahaha…thank u soo much dear thats what friends are there for….

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      9. AKIRAA says:

        oh yes! I am there for you.. 🙂 but you didn’t answer!!

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      10. sulagno13 says:

        i told u na its complicated and the real life incidents are quite tragic. My mum gave me an advice that when u write dont write about tragedies and tragic ending then i started to write that though there may be tragedy in life…hope to overcome is always with us. I advice u read that 1….A clod night…its about what a boy does after his gf breaks up with him

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      11. AKIRAA says:

        Yes i agree they are and if this is fiction and in our hands then why not to have a happy ending Mama’s boy! 🙂
        yeah I’ll do that.. 🙂

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      12. sulagno13 says:

        do u really want to listen the real life events?? umm no tell me frankly 🙂

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      13. AKIRAA says:

        Yes if you wish to tell me.. Why not!

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      14. sulagno13 says:

        hey listen i just made a twitter account and yeah i found just see if u are recieving any notifications or messages from me…pls help me out to reach u…i am new to it

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  8. Rangelz says:

    You must read a lot. This one is a gem 🙂 Beautiful

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Hey thanks! 🙂
      But I am not at all a book nerd! :p
      It’s just that I got this frm somewhere and thought of publishing it..
      Thank you again! And glad you liked it!
      Keep smiling! :))

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  9. Erika Kind says:

    Exactly, that is unconditional love!

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Yes.. 🐶🐶

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  10. theSchist14 says:

    One of my most fave. Thanks for visiting my page. 🙂

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    1. AKIRAA says:

      Hey that’s amazing! 🙂

      Like

      1. theSchist14 says:

        So as her sonnet 43 ^_^

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      2. theSchist14 says:

        😉

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