Robin Hawke

I Loved You First
May 18, 2011, 5:32 PM
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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

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

Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

Poem by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

“You construed me”—what a beautiful phrase. Reminds me of, “You make me want to be a better man.”


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