English citations of true love
1595–1596, William Shakespeare, , act I, scene ii
Loues Labour's loſt
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,
true love did lightly me.
c. 1780, “ The Twelve Days of Christmas”, Mirth Without Mischief
The first day of Christmas
true love sent [ to me ] sic A partridge in a pear tree.
1847, Friedrich von Schlegel, , page 38
The Philosophy of Life, and Philosophy of Language: In a Course of Lectures
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,
When all’s done, what hast thou won
Of the only sweet that’s under the sun?
Ay, canst thou buy a single sigh
true love’s least, least ecstasy?
1988, Evelyn Mullay, , page 88
The Artist at Work: Narrative Technique in Chrétien de Troyes
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”, , 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