Love – a wedding reading [perhaps not] by Roy Croft

Hayley and Joe chose this very popular reading for their countryside wedding in Cornwall. It’s a beautiful celebration of love and partnership, of how being with someone you love can only change you for the better.

countryside wedding in Cornwall

Hayley and Joe. Photo credit Evolve Photography, Cornwall


by Roy Croft

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am when I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what you have made of yourself,
But for what you are making of me.

I love you for
the part of me that you bring out;
I love you for
putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
And passing over all the foolish, weak things
that you can’t help dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out into the light
All the beautiful belongings
that no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern, but a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good,
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
being a friend means, after all.

by Roy Croft, American poet.

If you know the author of this poem, I’d love to hear from you! We’ve been told it’s by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but not where the original was published. Wiki says it’s by Mary Carolyn Davies.

Email me if you know! “english

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Tracy Morter
    7 years ago

    What a wonderful poem!

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago

      Thanks Tracy 🙂
      I get to see a lot of poems and readings with my calligraphy work, so I’ve decided to start sharing them on the blog!
      C x

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