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I Do Not Love Thee - Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

Suggested by ~airehkah

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.

This poem was published in a collection with the same title in 1829.

Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton was born 22 March 1808 and was a British feminist, social reformer, and author. She died 15 June 1877.

One day, I'll know
What it is like to love again
One day, I'll breath
As though I was never breathless
One day, I'll sing
Like I have the most powerful voice
And one day I'll fly
And remember I was born with wings.

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Artist's comments:

This poem was submitted February 28, 2010.

~jojok49 is from the United States and has been on deviantART since October 4, 2006.


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