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Thy love

Language: English after the English

If thou wouldst love me, let it be for naught
Except love’s sake only.
Do not say, “I love her for her smile – 
her way of speaking gently.
For these things, in themselves, belov’d may
Be changed, or changed for thee;
But love me for love’s sake
That ever more,
Thou mayst love on
Thou mayst love on
Through love's eternity.


Submitted by Mike Pearson

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It is based on

  • a text in English by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861), no title, appears in Poems, in Sonnets from the Portuguese, no. 14, first published 1850 GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Frederic Balazs, William Henry Bell, Gary Carpenter, Louis Cheslock, Vivian Fine, William Arms Fisher, Eleanor Everest Freer, ?, Mrs. Arthur Goodeve, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Joseph M. Hopkins, Frederick Piket, Carlos Surinach. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in English, original text by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861) , no title, from Poems, in Sonnets from the Portuguese, no. 14, published 1850 GER by ?, Mrs. Arthur Goodeve, Frederic Balazs, William Henry Bell, Louis Cheslock, William Arms Fisher, Eleanor Everest Freer, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Joseph M. Hopkins, Frederick Piket, Carlos Surinach, Gary Carpenter, Vivian Fine, Vivian Fine.

Text added to the website: 2015-07-28.
Last modified: 2015-07-28 15:53:36
Line count: 11
Word count: 62

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