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English Poetry. Christina Georgina Rossetti. I Loved You First: But Afterwards Your Love. Кристина Джорджина Россетти.






Christina Georgina Rossetti (Кристина Джорджина Россетти)

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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’s other poems:

  1. Repining
  2. A Testimony
  3. Maiden May
  4. Twice
  5. The Convent Threshold




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