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Where is this Shakespeare quote from: I love thee, I love but thee With a love that...

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katieo5654 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 5:09 AM via web

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Where is this Shakespeare quote from: I love thee, I love but thee With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold
And the stars grow old.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2010 at 5:17 AM (Answer #1)

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People tend to take everything they ever hear that sounds romantic or sounds wise and they say that Shakespeare said it.  I do not believe that this is a quote from Shakespeare.  Instead, I believe that it is a quote from a poem called "Bedouin Song" by Bayard Taylor.

I have checked in databases that include all of Shakespeare's plays and poetry and he never wrote those words.  In fact, he never even wrote the words "I love thee."  Strange, huh?

Anyway, I also have a link to the Taylor poem -- check it out.

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bardbaby | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 11, 2011 at 2:22 PM (Answer #3)

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Yep - Bedouin Song, although it is regularly printed on things from greeting cards to mugs to dishtowels and attributed to WS.  Weird.

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