I Do Not Love Thee??

I do not love thee!– no! I do not love thee!
And yet when thou art absent I am sad;
And envy even the bright blue sky above thee,
Whose quiet stars may see thee and be glad.

I do not love thee!– yet, I know not why,
Whate’er thou dost seems still well done, to me:
And often in my solitude I sigh
That those I do love are not more like thee!

I do not love thee!– yet, when thou art gone,
I hate the sound (though those who speak be dear)
Which breaks the lingering echo of the tone
Thy voice of music leaves upon my ear.

I do not love thee!– yet, thy speaking eyes,
With their deep, bright, and most expressive blue,
Between me and the midnight heaven arise,
Oftener than any eyes I ever knew.

I know I do not love thee! yet, alas!
Others will scarcely trust my candid heart;
And oft I catch them smiling as they pass,
Because they see me gazing where thou art.

–Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (1808-1876)

This poem cracks me up! 😀 Thanks to Deb–who is a new reader–for bringing it to my attention. I love it. 🙂

And while we’re on the soppy romantic stuff, how’s this as food for thought:

Real heroes are like Mr Darcy [of Pride & Prejudice–my personal favourite!], Mr Knightley of Emma, or Captain Wentworth of Persuasion, who, when they court a woman, are often clumsy or overdirect, embarrassed by their own emotions and not practised enough in courtship to control every word that comes out of their mouths. Honesty and truth often come in a less well-packaged guise than the smooth flatteries of the Henry Crawfords [Mansfield Park] of this world.
–Lauren Henderson
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