Poem of the Day! National Poetry Month, 2012

I do not love Thee

By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

I DO not love thee!—no! I do not love thee!

And yet when thou art absent I am sad;

  And envy even the bright blue sky above thee,

Whose quiet stars may see thee and be glad.

   I do not love thee!—yet, I know not why,

Whate’er thou dost seems still well done, to me:

  And often in my solitude I sigh

That those I do love are not more like thee!

   I do not love thee!—yet, when thou art gone,

I hate the sound (though those who speak be dear)

  Which breaks the lingering echo of the tone

Thy voice of music leaves upon my ear.

   I do not love thee!—yet thy speaking eyes,

With their deep, bright, and most expressive blue,

  Between me and the midnight heaven arise,

Oftener than any eyes I ever knew.

   I know I do not love thee! yet, alas!

Others will scarcely trust my candid heart;

  And oft I catch them smiling as they pass,

Because they see me gazing where thou art.

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