Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

I loved you first: but afterwards your love - Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I loved you first: but afterwards your love,
Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.
Which owes the other most? My love was long,
And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you contrued me
And loved me for what might or might not be—
Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.
For verily love knows not ‘mine' or ‘thine';
With separate ‘I' and ‘thou' free love has done,
For one is both and both are one in love:
Rich love knows nought of ‘thine that is not mine';
Both have the strength and both the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

Topic(s) of this poem: love


Comments about I loved you first: but afterwards your love by Christina Georgina Rossetti

  • (12/26/2016 1:59:00 PM)

    I recorded a reading of this
    I hope you like it! - https: //youtu.be/V-YGbI-j7gw (Report) Reply

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  • (5/7/2016 5:49:00 PM)


    I just saw this poem sandwiched between part 1 and 2 of a book by writer Eleanor Moran, and that confirms my comment was right (Report) Reply

  • (2/28/2016 8:25:00 AM)


    lovely sinthesizing of true love, how it should be. Thanks Christina (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 3, 2015



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