NPM: I loved you first

Here is something amazing and tender by Christina Rosetti. Also, don’t forget about our Shakespeare contest! You have til Apr 26 to enter.

“I loved you first: but afterwards your love”
by Christina Rossetti

I loved you first: but afterwards your love
Outsoaring mine, sang a much 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 the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

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