8 Famous Love Poems, Classic Short Poems

8 Famous Love Poems

Browse our collection of famous love poems which are classic ones. What makes a poem famous is, of course, the person who wrote it, but also it is a poem that has stood the test of time.

These famous short love poems were written many years ago and still are used today. Share these with others in Valentine's cards, in emails or just print a copy!


    famous love poetry

  1. The Gesture of Love
    Poet: George Eliot


    Oh the comfort,
    the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person,
    having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
    but to pour them all out, just as they are,
    chaff and grain together,
    knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
    keep what is worth keeping,
    and then with the breath of kindness,
    blow the rest away.



  2. Time And Love
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox


    Time flies. The swift hours hurry by
    And speed us on to untried ways;
    New seasons ripen, perish, die,
    And yet love stays.
    The old, old love — like sweet at first,
    At last like bitter wine —
    I know not if it blest or curst,
    Thy life and mine.

    Time flies. In vain our prayers, our tears,
    We cannot tempt him to delays;
    Down to the past he bears the years,
    And yet love stays.
    Through changing task and varying dream
    We hear the same refrain,
    As one can hear a plaintive theme
    Run through each strain.

    Time flies. He steals our pulsing youth,
    He robs us of our care- free days,
    He takes away our trust and truth,
    And yet love stays.
    O Time! take love! When love is vain,
    When all its best joys die —
    When only its regrets remain —
    Let love, too, fly.



  3. We like someone because  We love someone although. Henri De Montherlant


  4. Love Me Little, Love Me Long
    Poet Unknown

    Love me little, love me long,
    Is the burden of my song.
    Love that is too hot and strong
    Burneth soon to waste.
    Still, I would not have thee cold,
    Not too backward, nor too bold;
    Love that lasteth till tis old
    Fadeth not in haste.
    Love me little, love me long,
    Is the burden of my song.

    Say thou lov'st me while thou live;
    I to thee my love will give,
    Never dreaming to deceive
    Whiles that life endures.
    Nay, and after death, in sooth,
    I to thee will keep my truth,
    As now, when in my May of youth;
    This my love assures.
    Love me little, love me long,
    Is the burden of my song.

    Constant love is moderate ever,
    And it will through life persever;
    Give me that, with true endeavor
    I will it restore.
    A suit of durance let it be,
    For all weathers that for me,
    For the land or for the sea,
    Lasting evermore.



  5. I Never Knew
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs

    I never knew a night so black
    Light failed to follow on its track.

    I never knew a storm so gray
    It failed to have its clearing day.

    I never knew such bleak despair
    That there was not a rift, somewhere.

    I never knew an hour so drear
    Love could not fill it full of cheer!



  6. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Thomas Haynes Bayly


  7. Life in a Love
    Poet: Robert Browning


    Escape me?
    Never—
    Beloved!
    While I am I, and you are you,
    So long as the world contains us both,
    Me the loving and you the loth,
    While the one eludes, must the other pursue.

    My life is a fault at last, I fear:
    It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
    Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
    But what if I fail of my purpose here?
    It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
    To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
    And baffled, get up to begin again,-
    So the chase takes up one's life, that's all.

    While, look but once from your farthest bound,
    At me so deep in the dust and dark,
    No sooner the old hope drops to ground
    Than a new one, straight to the selfsame mark,
    I shape me—
    Ever
    Removed!



  8. What Can Love Do?
    Poet: John Imrie


    Love can make the eyes shine bright,
    Love can brighten darkest night;
    Love can make the lover gush,
    Love can make the maiden blush.

    Love can warm the coldest heart,
    Love can kindest words impart;
    Love can happiness bestow,
    Love can never answer "No."

    Love can sing the gayest song,
    Love can make the weak feel strong;
    Love can lighten every care,
    Love can sweetly trials bear.

    Love can sit enthron'd in state.
    Love can rule a nation great;
    Love can noble laws impart,
    Love can win the people's heart.

    Love can educate the mind,
    Love can aye be true and kind;
    Love can greatest pleasure give.
    Love can teach us how to live -

    Love can sweetest comfort bring,
    Love can take from Death the sting;
    Love can greatest burdens bear,
    Love can all our sorrows share.

    If our lives are pure and free
    Love must then our teacher be;
    Daily learn the heavenly plan: -
    Love to God and love to man.



  9. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning


  10. Jack and Jill
    Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch


    Jack and Jill went up the hill—the Hill of Life—together.
    And luck was good and luck was ill, and fair and foul the weather.
    It happened sometimes Jack fell down; but they were parted never,
    For Jill with love would mend his crown—ah, Jill was very clever!

    Oh, Jack and Jill went up the hill—the Hill of Life—together;
    The smooth, the rough, each dale and vale, and they were parted never.
    It happened sometimes they would spill the bread and water life demands.
    Then Jack would smile, and so would Jill, and clasp in love each other's hands.

    When both were old and both were grey, they reached the summit of Life's hill.
    Said they, “Life's been both work and play; and must be so for Jack and Jill."
    And thus I read the dear old rhyme of Jack and Jill and water pail:
    The hurt is healed, yes, every time, if love betwixt them never fail.



  11. Live to Love
    Poet: Ebmund Spenser


    Love is life's end; an end but never ending;
    All joys, all sweets, all happiness awarding;
    Love is life's wealth (ne'er spent but ever spending).
    Love's life's reward, rewarded in rewarding:
    Then from thy wretched heart fond care remove.
    Ah! shouldst thou live but once love's sweets to prove,
    Thou wilt not love to live, unless thou live to love.

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