Monna Innominata [I loved you first]

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 contrued 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.
 

Poems by This Author

Monna Innominata [I dream of you, to wake] by Christina Rossetti
I dream of you, to wake: would that I might
Monna Innominata [I wish I could remember] by Christina Rossetti
I wish I could remember that first day
A Bird Song by Christina Rossetti
A Birthday by Christina Rossetti
My heart is like a singing bird
A Christmas Carol by Christina Rossetti
In The bleak mid-winter
An Apple Gathering by Christina Rossetti
I plucked pink blossoms from mine apple-tree
Clouds by Christina Rossetti
White sheep, white sheep
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
Morning and evening
Holy Innocents by Christina Rossetti
Sleep, little Baby, sleep
Remember by Christina Rossetti
Remember me when I am gone away,
Song ["When I am dead, my dearest"] by Christina Rossetti
When I am dead, my dearest,
The Thread of Life by Christina Rossetti
The irresponsive silence of the land
To My Mother by Christina Rossetti
To-day's your natal day
Up-Hill by Christina Rossetti
Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Who Has Seen the Wind? by Christina Rossetti
Who has seen the wind?
Winter: My Secret. by Christina Rossetti
I tell my secret? No indeed, not I
[Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome] by Christina Rossetti
Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome


Further Reading

Poems About Love
Monna Innominata [I wish I could remember]
by Christina Rossetti
A Birthday
by Christina Rossetti
A Line-storm Song
by Robert Frost
A Negro Love Song
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Darling, You Are the World's Fresh Ornament
by Laura Cronk
Fons
by Pura López-Colomé
In a Boat
by D. H. Lawrence
Let Us Live and Love (5)
by Gaius Valerius Catullus
Love
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love in a Life
by Robert Browning
Love's Philosophy
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lovers' Infiniteness
by John Donne
Manners
by Michael Blumenthal
Meeting at Night
by Robert Browning
My love is as a fever, longing still
by Christopher Bursk
No, Love Is Not Dead
by Robert Desnos
San Antonio
by Naomi Shihab Nye
She Walks in Beauty
by George Gordon Byron
Slow Waltz Through Inflatable Landscape
by Christian Hawkey
The Buried Life
by Matthew Arnold
The Definition of Love
by Andrew Marvell
The Ecstasy
by Phillip Lopate
The Face of All the World (Sonnet 7)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Forms of Love
by George Oppen
The Kiss
by Stephen Dunn
The Look
by Sara Teasdale
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
The Passionate Freudian to His Love
by Dorothy Parker
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
by Christopher Marlowe
The White Rose
by John Boyle O'Reilly
To Anthea Who May Command Him Any Thing
by Robert Herrick
When I Heard at the Close of Day
by Walt Whitman
Wooing Song
by Giles Fletcher