Looking for a specific poem, contains these lines. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
"I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you..."
This may be what you are looking for. The book I have it in says that the author is anonymous:
I Love You
I love you not only for what you are
but for what I am when I'm with you.
I love you not only for what you have
made of yourself but what you are making
I love you for putting your hand into my
heaped up heart and passing over all the
foolish weak things you can't help dimly
seeing there, and drawing out in 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 work of my every day
life 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 could have done to
make me happy;
You have done it without a touch, without
a word, without a sigh;
You have done it by being yourself.
Perhaps that is what being a friend means,
This has long been a favorite of mine. Enjoy.
Oh yes, that is wonderful! All the places that I have looked so far only have the first 2 stanzas. And they all quote Elizabeth as the author...that's weird. But thank you.