Love Down The Ages

"...Love can be understood
only 'from the inside,'
as a language can be understood
only by someone who speaks it,
as a world can be understood
only by someone
who lives in it."

Love: Emotion, Myth and Metaphor

Ovid to his wife
Ariwara no Narihira to the Imperial Princess
Pietro Bembo to Lucrezia Borgia
Henry IV to Gabrielle d'Estrées
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester to Elizabeth Barry
Johann von Goethe to Charlotte von Stein
George Bernard Shaw to Ellen Terry
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. to his wife, Bunny

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Text from
Famous Love Letters
Messages of Intimacy and Passion
Edited by Ronald Tamplin