12 Best Love Poems

There are many great love poems, the ones here are what we consider some of the best love poems. We hope you enjoy them and share them with the one you love.

These poems are great to use on Valentine's Day and other special occasions.

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  1. Love
    Poet: Roy Croft

    I love you,
    Not only for what you are,
    But for what I am
    When I am with you.

    I love you,
    Not only for what
    You have made of yourself,
    But for what you are making of me.

    I love you
    For the part of me that you bring out;
    I love you
    For putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
    And passing over all the foolish, weak things
    That you can't help dimly seeing there,
    And for drawing out into the light
    All the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked
    Quite far enough to find.

    I love you because you
    Are helping me to make
    Of the lumber of my life
    Not a tavern but a temple;
    Out of the works of my every day
    Not a reproach but a song.

    I love you
    Because you have done
    More than any creed could have done
    To make me good, and more than any fate
    To make me happy.

    You have done it
    Without a touch, without a word,
    Without a sign. You have done it by being yourself.

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  3. If You But Knew
    Poet Unknown

    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 oft I hear your voice when others speak,
    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 than willing for your sake
    To stand alone, give all and nothing take,
    Nor chafe to think you bound while I am 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 king, my king, till life shall end,
    My lover and likewise my truest friend,
    Would you love me, dearest, as fondly in return?
    Could you but learn?

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  5. Love Much
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it;
    Cast sweets into its cup whene'er you can.
    No heart so hard, but love at last may win it;
    Love is the grand primeval cause of man;
    All hate is foreign to the first great plan.

    Love much. Your heart will be led out to slaughter,
    On altars built of envy and deceit.
    Love on, love on! 'tis bread upon the water;
    It shall be cast in loaves yet at your feet,
    Unleavened manna, most divinely sweet.

    Love much. Your faith will be dethroned and shaken,
    Your trust betrayed by many a fair, false lure.
    Remount your faith, and let new trusts awaken.
    Though clouds obscure them, yet the stars are pure;
    Love is a vital force and must endure.

    Love much. Men's souls contract with cold suspicion,
    Shine on them with warm love, and they expand.
    "Tis love, not creeds, that from a low condition
    Lead mankind up to heights supreme and grand.
    Oh, that the world could see and understand!

    Love much. There is no waste in freely giving;
    More blessed is it, even, than to receive.
    He who loves much, alone finds life worth living;
    Love on, through doubt and darkness; and believe
    There is no thing which Love may not achieve.

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    We may not have it all together - But together we have it all.
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  7. My Heart Is A Lute
    Poet: Lady Anne Bernard

    Alas, that my heart is a lute,
    Whereon you have learned to play!
    For a many years it was mute,
    Until one summer's day
    You took it, and touched it, and made it thrill,
    And it thrills and throbs, and quivers still!

    I had known you, dear, so long!
    Yet my heart did not tell me why
    It should burst one morn into song,
    And wake to new life with a cry,
    Like a babe that sees the light of the sun,
    And for whom this great world has just begun.

    Your lute is enshrined, cased in,
    Kept close with love's magic key,
    So no hand but yours can win
    And wake it to minstrelsy;
    Yet leave it not silent too long, nor alone,
    Lest the strings should break, and the music be done.

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  9. Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?
    (Sonnet 18)
    Poet: William Shakespeare

    Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
    Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
    And every fair from fair sometime declines,
    By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
    But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
    Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
    So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

  10. I Am Not Yours
    Poet: Sara Teasdale

    I am not yours, not lost in you,
    Not lost, although I long to be
    Lost as a candle lit at noon,
    Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

    You love me, and I find you still
    A spirit beautiful and bright,
    Yet I am I, who long to be
    Lost as a light is lost in light.

    Oh plunge me deep in love -put out
    My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
    Swept by the tempest of your love,
    A taper in a rushing wind.

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  12. I Loved You First
    Poet: Christina Rossetti

    I loved you first: but afterwards your love
    Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
    As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.
    Which owes the other most? my love was long,
    And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
    I loved and guessed at you, you construed me
    And loved 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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  14. Love Comes Quietly
    Poet: Robert Creeley

    Love comes quietly,
    finally, drops
    about me, on me,
    in the old ways.

    What did I know
    thinking myself
    able to go
    alone all the way.

  15. When You Are Old
    Poet: William Butler Yeats

    When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
    And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
    And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
    Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

    How many loved your moments of glad grace,
    And loved your beauty with love false or true,
    But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
    And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

    And bending down beside the glowing bars,
    Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
    And paced upon the mountains overhead
    And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

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  17. Come, And Be My Baby
    Poet: Maya Angelou

    The highway is full of big cars going nowhere fast
    And folks is smoking anything that'll burn
    Some people wrap their lives around a cocktail glass
    And you sit wondering
    where you're going to turn.
    I got it.
    Come. And be my baby.

    Some prophets say the world is gonna end tomorrow
    But others say we've got a week or two
    The paper is full of every kind of blooming horror
    And you sit wondering
    what you're gonna do.
    I got it.
    Come. And be my baby.

  18. Encouraged
    Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Because you love me I have much achieved,
    Had you despised me then I must have failed,
    But since I knew you trusted and believed,
    I could not disappoint you and so prevailed.

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  20. Love For Love's Sake
    Poet: Mary Lowe Dickinson

    Why cling to the past at such terrible cost
    In weakness and doubt?
    Pray God to forget! Leave the days that are lost.
    Blot the yesterdays out!
    Not the Judge but the Father shines out in His face.
    Are you glad? He is more.
    One more outlet for love, one more claimant for grace,
    And His heart, that before
    Could not bless with a love which a wandering soul
    Could not answer or take.
    Gives the love long restrained in a jubilant whole.
    And loves for love's sake.

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