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.

  • 1
  • 1
  •  
  •  
Login to comment...
Diane Davis
about 6 years

HELP!!!
The poem was resited to me by a gentleman and I was blown away by it....could anywone please break down the true meaning of it please?....it gives me goose bumps!! I have never had a guy do such a thing.....He left it on my voice mail and everyday I listen to it.....It has the same affect on me each time I listen to it.

Liked or faved by...

Y. J. Hall
Email

Other works by Christina Georgina Rossetti...

Some poets who follow Christina Georgina Rossetti...

Francisco Ganem Robert Thomas Halliwell Tia R. L. McCallum Chactas saaleha i bamjee