Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss within the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
-- Ben Jonson, from “Song: To Celia (II)”
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.
-- Robert Browning
Wherever I roam, whatever realms I see,
My heart untraveled fondly returns to thee.
-- Oliver Goldsmith
Just to see her was to love her,
Love but her, and love forever.
-- Robert Burns
When the heart is full, the tongue cannot speak.
-- Scottish Proverb
You are all-beautiful, my beloved, and there is no blemish in you.
-- Song of Solomon
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.
-- William Butler Yeats
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it...you and you alone make me feel that I am alive...Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee, and thou art enough.
-- George Moore
If I were to lose everything I had worked for in life all at once...As long as I still had you, I would feel as if I were the richest man in the world.
-- Michael Wheeler
Doubt thou that the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
-- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II
I have spread no snares today;
I am caught in my love of you.
-- Egyptian saying
She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.
-- Lord Byron, from “She Walks in Beauty”
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.
-- Roy Crots
Soft lips, can I tempt you to an eternity of kissing?
-- Ben Jonson
Here is to loving, to romance, to us.
May we travel together through time.
We alone count as none, but together we’re one.
For our partnership puts love to rhyme.
-- Irish blessing
Thou art the star that guides me
Along life’s changing sea;
And whatever fate betides me,
This heart still turns to thee.
-- George P. Morris
Each shining light about us
Has its own peculiar grace,
But every light of heaven
Is in my darling’s face.
-- John Hay
Love not me for comely grace
For my pleasing eye or face,
Nor for any outward part,
No, nor for my constant heart;
For those may fail or turn to ill,
So thou and I shall sever;
Keep therefore a true woman’s eye,
And love me still, but know not why.
So hast thou the same reason still
To dote upon me ever.
Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun.
-- Robert Herrick, from “Hesperides”
It warms me, it charms me,
To mention but her name,
It heats me, it beats me,
And sets me heart on flame.
-- Robert Burns
Thou has no faults, or I no faults can spy;
Thou art all beauty, or all blindness I.
Here’s to my mother-in-law’s daughter,
Here’s to her father-in-law’s son;
And here’s to the vows we’ve just taken,
And the life we’ve just begun.
-- Traditional toast
But here’s the joy; my friend and I are one...
Then she loves but me alone!
-- William Shakespeare, Sonnet 42
To my wife,
My bride and joy.
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