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Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

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            Poca favilla gran fiamma seconda.  Dante
            Ogni altra cosa, ogni pensier va fore,
            E sol ivi con voi rimansi amore.  Petrarca

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 construed 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.

Christina Georgina Rossetti

Poem Theme: Love

Christina Georgina Rossetti's other poems:
  1. Under The Ivy Bush
  2. Eve
  3. Three Little Children
  4. Dead Hope
  5. Fluttered Wings

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