Christina Georgina Rossetti
London
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I loved you first: but afterwards your love

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:
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Monday, August 3, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: love
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Olivia Ongai 26 December 2016
I hope you like it! - https: //youtu.be/V-YGbI-j7gw
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Pietro 6 07 May 2016
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
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Pietro 6 28 February 2016
lovely sinthesizing of true love, how it should be. Thanks Christina
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