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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
 
A Man’s Requirements
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 
LOVE me, sweet, with all thou art,
  Feeling, thinking, seeing;
Love me in the lightest part,
  Love me in full being.
 
Love me with thine open youth        5
  In its frank surrender,
With the vowing of thy mouth,
  With its silence tender.
 
Love me with thine azure eyes,
  Made for earnest granting;        10
Taking color from the skies,
  Can heaven’s truth be wanting?
 
Love me with their lids, that fall
  Snow-like at first meeting;
Love me with thine heart, that all        15
  Neighbors then see beating.
 
Love me with thine hand stretched out
  Freely, open minded;
Love me with thy loitering foot,
  Nearing one behind it.        20
 
Love me with thy voice, that turns
  Sudden faint above me;
Love me with thy blush, that burns
  When I murmur, Love me!
 
Love me with thy thinking soul,        25
  Break it to love-sighing;
Love me with thy thoughts that roll
  On through living—dying.
 
Love me in thy gorgeous airs,
  When the world had crowned thee;        30
Love me, kneeling at thy prayers,
  With the angels round thee.
 
Love me pure, as musers do,
  Up the woodlands shady;
Love me gayly, fast, and true,        35
  As a winsome lady.
 
Through all hopes that keep us brave,
  Farther off or nigher;
Love me for the house and grave—
  And for something higher.        40
 
Thus, if thou wilt prove me, dear,
  Woman’s love no fable,
I will love thee—half a year—
  As a man is able.
 
 
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