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I love you not for who you are
Posted by: HEB (---.machlink.com)
Date: June 14, 2004 02:43AM

I'm looking for a poem I read years ago. I don't know the title, nor the autor. It begins (I believe) ...I love you not for who you are, but for what I am when I'm with you....
There are other clips and phrases I recall.....something about reaching into my crumpled up heart and passing over all the...and bringing out into the light...that no one dared look long enough to find...
It's ends with....you have done it simply by being you.....or something to that effect.

I know it's not much to go on, but if anyone can help, I'd greatly appreciate. I loved the poem when I read it, but i was quite young and didn't think to save it or write down the title.
Thanks


Re: Help Please
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: June 14, 2004 12:31PM

Believe it or not HEB, there are many versions of this:

Anonymous

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 for what you are making of me
I love you for the part of me you bring out
I love you for passing over my foolish traits
That you cannot help but see
I love you for drawing out into the light my beauty
that no one else had looked far enough to find

Les


Re: I love you not for who you are
Posted by: J.H.SUMMERS (---.chartertn.net)
Date: June 15, 2004 04:14AM

HEB,

As Les said there is more than one version of this poem, here is another:

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
of me;

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,
after all.


This has long been a favorite of mine. Enjoy.

john


Re: I love you not for who you are
Posted by: ilza (---.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: June 15, 2004 05:34AM

based on Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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.




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