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Famous Love Poems and Valentines Quotes

Updated on January 26, 2011

A Romantic Collection of Poetry and Quotes

This lens is a collection of my favorite famous love poems and Valentine's Day quotes. It also includes Vintage Valentine Art to accompany each poem. This romantic collection will please all who enjoy love poems and delight lovers seeking just the right verse to impress their beloved.

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved. ~Christopher Paul Rubero

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Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art Cherubs
Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art Cherubs

I Carry Your Heart With Me

Famous Love Poem by E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it (anywhere

i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear

no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want

no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Image: Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art Cherubs

Wikimedia Flower Painting, Eugene Bidau
Wikimedia Flower Painting, Eugene Bidau

Come live with me and be my love

Famous love poem by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,

And we will all the pleasures prove

That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,

Woods or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,

Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,

By shallow rivers to whose falls

Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses

And a thousand fragrant posies,

A cap of flowers, and a kirtle

Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;

A gown made of the finest wool

Which from our pretty lambs we pull;

Fair lined slippers for the cold,

With buckles of the purest gold;

A belt of straw and ivy buds,

With coral clasps and amber studs:

And if these pleasures may thee move,

Come live with me and be my love.

The shepherds' swains shall dance and sing

For thy delight each May morning:

If these delights thy mind may move,

Then live with me and be my love.

Image: Wikimedia Flower Painting, Eugene Bidau

Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art Plums
Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art Plums

Valentine Verses and Shakespeare Love Quotes

Doubt thou the stars are fire;

Doubt that the sun doth move;

Doubt truth to be a liar;

But never doubt I love.

- William Shakespeare

So long as I can breathe or I can see

so long lives your love which gives life to me.

- William Shakespeare

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

- William Shakespeare

I claim there ain't

Another Saint

As great as Valentine.

- Ogden Nash

Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,

Remember this terse little verse;

To let a fool kiss you is stupid,

To let a kiss fool you is worse

- E.Y. Harburg

A hundred hearts would be too few

To carry all my love for you.

- Author Unknown

In melody divine,

My heart it beats to rapturous love,

I long to call you mine.

- Author Unknown

I love thee - I love thee,

'Tis all that I can say

It is my vision in the night,

My dreaming in the day.

-Thomas Hood

My heart to you is given:

Oh, do give yours to me;

We'll lock them up together,

And throw away the key.

-Frederick Saunders

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Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art Postcard
Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art Postcard

How Do I Love Thee

Famous Love Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight.

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace

I love thee to the level of everyday's

Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men strive for right

I love thee purely, as they turn from praise

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints, --I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! -- and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

Image: Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art Postcard

Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art, Plum Crazy
Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art, Plum Crazy

To My Dear and Loving Husband

Husband Love Poem by Anne Bradstreet

If ever two were one, then surely we.

If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee;

If ever wife was happy in a man,

Compare with me ye women if you can.

I prize thy love more then whole Mines of gold,

Or all the riches that the East doth hold.

My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,

Nor ought but love from thee, give recompence.

Thy love is such I can no way repay,

The heavens reward thee manifold I pray.

Then while we live, in love let's so persever,

That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Image: Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Art, Plum Crazy

Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Greeting Card
Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Greeting Card

Romantic Valentines Love Quotes

1. Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! - Thomas Hood

2. I've fallen in love many times... always with you. -Author Unknown

3. The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. - Stephen King

4. You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well. -Author Unknown

5. Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. - Author Unknown

6. The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. - Rumi

7. Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear. - John Lennon

8. Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning. - Author Unknown

9. If I know what love is, it is because of you. - Herman Hesse

10. To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. - Karen Sunde

11. If I could be anything in the world I would want to be a teardrop because I would be born in your eyes, live on your cheeks, and die on your lips. - Author Unknown

12. We are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another. - Luciano de Crescenzo

13. Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. - Aristotle

14. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

15. A man is not where he lives, but where he loves. -Latin Proverb

16. True love stories never have endings. -Richard Bach

17. Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart. -Kay Knudsen

18. Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart. -Author Unknown

19. Love me and the world is mine. -David Reed

20. Come live in my heart and pay no rent. -Samuel Lover

21. When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. - Arrigo Boito

Image: Wikimedia Vintage Valentine Greeting Card

Wikipedia, Vintage Red Rose Art by Redoute
Wikipedia, Vintage Red Rose Art by Redoute

Red Red Rose

Famous Love Poem by Robert Burns

O my Luve's like a red, red rose

That's newly sprung in June;

O my Luve's like the melodie

That's sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,

So deep in luve am I;

And I will luve thee still, my dear,

Till a' the seas gang dry:

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,

And the rocks melt wi' the sun;

I will luve thee still, my dear,

While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve,

And fare thee well awhile!

And I will come again, my Luve,

Tho' it ware ten thousand mile.

Image: Wikipedia, Vintage Red Rose Art by Redoute

Vintage Valentine Postcard, Cupid with Umbrella
Vintage Valentine Postcard, Cupid with Umbrella

She Walks in Beauty

Famous Love Poem by Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that's best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes:

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o'er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express

How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

Image: Vintage Valentine Postcard, Cupid with Umbrella

Victorian Valentine Art
Victorian Valentine Art

A Valentine to My Wife

Valentine Love Poem for Wife by Eugene Field

Accept, dear girl, this little token,

And if between the lines you seek,

You'll find the love I've often spoken

The love my dying lips shall speak.

Our little ones are making merry

O'er am'rous ditties rhymed in jest,

But in these words (though awkward very)

The genuine article's expressed.

You are as fair and sweet and tender,

Dear brown-eyed little sweetheart mine,

As when, a callow youth and slender,

I asked to be your Valentine.

What though these years of ours be fleeting?

What though the years of youth be flown?

I'll mock old Tempus with repeating,

"I love my love and her alone!"

And when I fall before his reaping,

And when my stuttering speech is dumb,

Think not my love is dead or sleeping,

But that it waits for you to come.

So take, dear love, this little token,

And if there speaks in any line

The sentiment I'd fain have spoken,

Say, will you kiss your Valentine?

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Poll: Favorite Romantic Love Poem

Wikimedia Flower Heart
Wikimedia Flower Heart

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      Celebrates 2 years ago

      I love all these vintage Valentine's Day cards you selected for your article. Great choice of quotes and poetry too. I like the "Come live in my heart and pay no rent" quote.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      happy valentines...xxx

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really nice lens! I wanted to recommend it for LOTD, but intro photos need to be square 250 x 250 pixels. Great job on this lens!