not to win the dash and charm the crowd
nor gain a victor’s kiss,
not that you may save yourself
from lonely night on lonely night:
not for all of this.
Nor that passers-by may give you love
or those for whom you’ve pined,
not that you may earn a wreath
and win praises far and wide
for your sacrifice.
Nor in finding love shall you ask why
or put it to the test
as though you could not give your love
without the promise of return;
no, love without this.
“More beloving than beloved”, you shall
love with all eternity’s great breadth
and breath. Love by Love suspired,
give love without the thought of love
and let Love sustain.
“Only when love is a duty, then
is love secure”; then
is love an act of freedom, un-
shackled from our expectations,
doubts and fears. So love:
and in loving, learn the depth, the height –
see scars that were His crown;
love given without fear of love
or thought of throne, such love
Published by Matthew Pullar
Teacher, writer, blogger, husband, father, Christian. Living in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, on the land of the Kulin Nation. Searching for words to console and feed hearts and souls.
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