i. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
admit impediments. Love is not love
which alters when it alteration finds,
or bends with the remover to remove:
Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
it is the star to every wandering bark,
whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
within his bending sickle's compass come;
love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
but bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
ii. from Love’s Labor’s Lost
But love, first learned in a lady's eyes,
Lives not alone immured in the brain;
But, with the motion of all elements,
Courses as swift as thought in every power,
And gives to every power a double power,
iii. from Hamlet
Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
iv. Exchange of Rings from several plays and Sonnet 88
One half of me is yours, the other half yours
Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,
And so all yours.
Such is my love, to thee I so belong,
That for thy right myself will bear all wrong.
Keep thy friend
Under thy own life's key.
You may kiss the bride