Christopher Marlowe

(26 February 1564 - 30 May 1593 / Canterbury, England)

Who Ever Loved That Loved Not At First Sight?

Poem by Christopher Marlowe

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should love, the other win;

And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?


Comments about Who Ever Loved That Loved Not At First Sight? by Christopher Marlowe

  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (4/7/2020 5:49:00 PM)

    That big debate about Marlowe writings and Shakespeare.
    That one will never be resolved.(Report)Reply

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  • Seayee (2/12/2020 8:13:00 AM)

    How to understand the sentence that We wish one should love, the other win? Dose it mean their must be a winner between the couples?(Report)Reply

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  • Jen Hunt (10/22/2018 12:34:00 AM)

    I like it a lot, very interesting.
    Also, Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare are the same person.
    Trust me(Report)Reply

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  • ZAINA (9/18/2018 12:09:00 PM)

    NC POEME AND ILIKE IT(Report)Reply

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  • Moses Owence (1/17/2018 4:52:00 AM)

    Written centuries ago,but it still pierces the contemporary society.(Report)Reply

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  • Angela Watson Watson (5/29/2017 5:05:00 PM)

    I think this poem is purposefully ambiguous like most of his poems ... Asking a question for us to ponder the answer ...(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/8/2017 11:17:00 PM)

    Very true, it is not in our power to love or hate(Report)Reply

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  • Bill Wright (8/30/2016 8:54:00 AM)

    Love at first sight, happened to me, but I am not sure I agree that it is the only way to fall in love. Some relationships are slow burners where folk get to love each other the more they find out about each other.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/30/2016 11:53:00 AM)

    It lies not in our power to love or hate
    For will in us is overrules by fate.
    Great realization and it's acceptance through poem has made this poem equally great. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (8/30/2015 9:27:00 PM)

    ............amazing poem...love this ★(Report)Reply

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  • Madathil Rajendran NairMadathil Rajendran Nair (4/13/2015 1:09:00 AM)

    Truly said it is not within our power to love hate. Love just happens. Its methods are inscrutable. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (1/25/2015 9:12:00 PM)

    We wish the one should love, very fine, thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Leesaan RobertsonLeesaan Robertson (4/13/2014 7:37:00 PM)

    The heart knows where your fate lies and you can't help who you fall inlove with.
    Great poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas Vaughan JonesThomas Vaughan Jones (4/13/2014 2:44:00 PM)

    It seems we've read this one before

    Hero and Leander

    It lies not in our power to love or hate,
    For will in us is over-rul'd by fate.
    hen two are stript long ere the course begin,
    We wish that one should lose, the other win;
    And one especially do we affect
    Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
    The reason no man knows; let it suffice,
    What we behold is censur'd by our eyes.
    Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
    Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight.(Report)Reply

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  • Francie LynchFrancie Lynch (4/13/2014 10:39:00 AM)

    I like the phrasing, but the ideas of fate and chance and luck and serendipity elude me now.(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas Vaughan JonesThomas Vaughan Jones (4/13/2014 4:13:00 AM)

    There is so much speculation about the life of this wonderful poet. Many say that he wrote a fair number of the plays and poems attributed to William Spakespeare. Shakespeare himself appears to have used phrases snatched from the works of Marlowe. In my youth I often used his Love Song from a Shepherd to his Maid as a chat up line. Come lie with me, and be my Love and we shall all the pleasures prove.
    Thise piece is but another wonderful example of his way with words. His early death through stabbing proved a tragic loss.(Report)Reply

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  • Rashmi PrakashRashmi Prakash (4/13/2014 1:05:00 AM)

    It lies not in our power to love or hate,
    For will in us is overruled by fate.

    Disagree:
    The power of fate is turned with the will to do the right thing - Always

    When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
    We wish that one should love, the other win;

    Disagree:
    Love does not lead to the path so that the Win-Win situation is born. It will lead lest Love is lost.


    And one especially do we affect
    Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:

    Agree:
    The effect on the entities can be described as mutual and expected.

    The reason no man knows; let it suffice
    What we behold is censured by our eyes.

    Agree:
    Here the words are actually describing the fact that is known and acknowledged likewise.

    Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
    Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?

    Agree:
    It will be Love at 1st sight, the poets's words tend to roll down a nice pattern at the end.(Report)Reply

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  • Carlos Echeverria (4/13/2012 10:57:00 AM)

    Love by reason can't hold a candle to love by heart.(Report)Reply

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  • Babatunde AremuBabatunde Aremu (4/13/2012 7:24:00 AM)

    This poem exposes individual limitation in falling in love. There is a force beyond ordinary sight that makes people to fall in love. Very wonderful poem, like it(Report)Reply

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  • Maggie Graham (3/19/2012 9:43:00 PM)

    when was this originally published?(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003