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by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861)
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.
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- 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
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981), "Thy love", 1926, first performed 1926 [medium voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson
This text was added to the website: 2015-07-28
Line count: 11
Word count: 62