Tuesday, July 8, 2008

If You But Knew

If you but knew
How all my days seemed
filled with dreams of you
How sometimes in the silent night
Your eyes thrill through me
with their tender light,
How you, 'mid other forms I seek-
Oh, love more real than though
such dreams were true
If you but knew.

Could you but guess
How you alone make all my happiness,
How I am more willing for your sake
To stand alone, give all and nothing take,
Nor chafe to think me bound
while you are free
Quite free , till death, to love you silently,
Could you but guess.

Could you but learn
How when you doubt my truth I sadly yearn
To tell you all, to stand for one brief space
Unfettered, soul to soul, as face to face,
To crown you queen, My queen, till life shall end,
My lover and likewise my truest friend,
Would you love me, dearest, as fondly in return,
Could you but learn?


10 comments:

amanda said...

this is my favorite poem i have it copied in all of my school binders and hung up on my wall and i can recite it..

Anonymous said...

this is my favourite poem to. this and pablo neruda's tonight i write the saddest line..

2 of the greatest poems ever!

Emma said...

I have this written on my arm and I refresh it near to daily. Favorite poem...

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite poems as well, for almost forty years... you seem to be missing a line in the first stanza...

How oft I hear your voice when others speak,
How you 'midst other forms I seek...

noelle nance said...

I wrote this poem to the love of my life at the time..Noelle Nance

Anonymous said...

At this very moment I can feel every word as I fight back tears

Anonymous said...

Sara Teasdale is the Author of this poem
some words have been changed though
DWD

Anonymous said...

I just looked this up because I found it written by me in my letters to my love 50 years ago I know I didn't compose it!!!! So, that is why I wanted to check it out

Hallie Sones said...

The original is "my king" not " my queen"

Hallie Sones said...

The original is "my king" not " my queen"