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English citations of true love
- 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, Loues Labour's loſt, act I, scene ii
- I shall be forsworn, which is a great argument of falsehood, if I love. And how can that be true love which is falsely attempted? Love is a familiar; Love is a devil: there is no evil angel but Love
- 1765, “Waly Waly, Love Be Bonny”, as quoted in Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of Our Earlier Poets (1905), Thomas Percy (editor)
- I leant my back unto an aik,
- I thought it was a trusty tree;
- But first it bow'd, and fyne it brak,
- Sae my true love did lightly me.
- circa 1780, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, Mirth Without Mischief
- The first day of Christmas
- My true love sent[sic] to me
- A partridge in a pear tree.
- 1847, Friedrich von Schlegel, The Philosophy of Life, and Philosophy of Language: In a Course of Lectures, page 38
- And as all true love is reciprocal, so also is true love lasting and indestructible; or, to "speak as a man," even because it is the very inmost life of humanity, it is, therefore, true unto death.
- 1875, Sidney Lanier, The Symphony
- When all’s done, what hast thou won
- Of the only sweet that’s under the sun?
- Ay, canst thou buy a single sigh
- Of true love’s least, least ecstasy?
- 1988, Evelyn Mullay, The Artist at Work: Narrative Technique in Chrétien de Troyes, page 88
- For both Thomas and Chrétien true love is identified with the ability to be true to one's commitment, and Fenice is justifiably confident of her ability to be constant.
- 2006 January 26, Linda Morris, “Pope dedicates message to meaning of true love”, The Age, Melbourne
- THE leader of the world's 1 billion Catholics has tried to answer the age-old question of philosophers, playwrights and poets — the meaning of love — and concluded that erotic desire without self-sacrifice and spiritual devotion cannot be true love.