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MONNA INNOMINATA, A SONNET OF SONNETS: 4, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I loved you first: but afterwards your love
Last Line: Both of us, of the love which makes us one.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Women - Heroes


I loved you first: but afterwards your love
Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drown'd the friendly cooings of my dove.
Which owes the other most? my love was long,
And yours one moment seem'd to wax more strong;
I lov'd and guess'd at you, you construed me --
And lov'd 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.






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