i write tonight the strongest strain
my soul can bear to write for you;
i sing tonight with all my voice
the sweetest song I can construe:
i loved you, oh forgive me, but i loved you!
i gazed upon a shard from heaven
that morn when first my eyes beheld your smile;
and in that instant I was given
this sweetest testament, this anthem without guile:
i loved you, ah forgive me, but i loved you!
you are the dearest of all treasures sought,
you are the strength of galahad the pure;
you are polaris, capturer of thought,
and ever shall this lullaby endure:
i loved you, please forgive me, but i loved you!
tonight, moonwitnessed, i declare to you:
i sought this not, but i do not regret
this quest for wisdom, for sofia – for athene!
though i be left awash in tears of loss…
i love you, ah forever shall i love you!