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You say you love
by John Keats (1815).

You say you love; but with a voice
    Chaster than a nun's, who singeth
The soft vespers to herself
    While the chime-bell ringeth—
             O love me truly!

You say you love; but with a smile
    Cold as sunrise in September;
As you were Saint Cupid's nun,
    And kept his weeks of Ember.
             O love me truly!

You say you love; but then your lips
    Coral-tinted teach no blisses
More than coral in the sea—
    They never pout for kisses—
             O love me truly!

You say you love; but then your hand
    No soft squeeze for squeeze returneth,
It is like a statue's—dead—
    While mine to passion burneth—
             O love me truly!

O breathe a word or two of fire!
    Smile, as if those words should burn me,
Squeeze as lovers should—O kiss
    And in thy heart inurn me!
             O love me truly!


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