by Thomas Hood (1799 - 1845)

I love thee ‑‑ I love thee!
Language: English 
I love thee -- I love thee!
  'Tis all that I can say;--
It is my vision in the night,
  My dreaming in the day;
The very echo of my heart,
  The blessing when I pray:
I love thee -- I love thee!
  Is all that I can say.

I love thee -- I love thee!
  Is ever on my tongue;
In all my proudest poesy
  That chorus still is sung;
It is the verdict of my eyes,
  Amidst the gay and young:
I love thee -- I love thee!
  A thousand maids among.

I love thee -- I love thee!
  Thy bright hazel glance,
The mellow lute upon those lips,
  Whose tender tones entrance;
But most, dear heart of hearts, thy proofs
  That still these words enhance,
I love thee -- I love thee!
  Whatever be thy chance.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-10
Line count: 24
Word count: 133