I Love Thee

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I Love Thee
by Thomas Hood

I love thee—I love thee!
   'Tis all that I can say;—
It is my vision in the night,
   My dreaming in the day;
The very echo of my heart,
   The blessing when I pray:
I love thee—I love thee!
   Is all that I can say.

I love thee—I love thee!
   Is ever on my tongue;
In all my proudest poesy
   That chorus still is sung;
It is the verdict of my eyes,
   Amidst the gay and young:
I love thee—I love thee!
   A thousand maids among.

I love thee—I love thee!
   Thy bright hazel glance,
The mellow lute upon those lips,
   Whose tender tones entrance;
But most, dear heart of hearts, thy proofs
   That still these words enhance,
I love thee—I love thee!
   Whatever be thy chance.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.