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Classical Love Poems
I Love Thee Not

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Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not,

When I against myself with thee partake?

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Do I not think on thee, when I forgot

Am of myself,

all tyrant, for thy sake?

Who hateth thee that I do call my friend?

On whom frown'st thou that I do fawn upon?


Nay, if thou lour'st on me, do I not spend

Revenge upon myself with present moan?

What merit do I in myself respect,

That is so proud thy service to despise,

When all my best doth worship thy defect,

Commanded by the motion of thine eyes?


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But, love, hate on,

for now I know thy mind;

Those that can see thou lovest,

and I am blind.


William Shakespeare

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