Of what worth is love, if love can be bought?
It be not sold, nor bid, for any price,
can only be offered; a sacrifice
to love unloved - else love counteth for naught.
Conditional love hath not purity,
be called not love, if it thus be sullied;
an inferior shadow, pale and palsied -
hath lost all its meaning and its beauty.
But this, mine love for thee is free and pure
and true. Loving thee for thy sake alone;
not bought by gold, silver, nor precious stone,
untainted by selfish gain; would endure
sorrow 'til time's end if that be my lot,
would cease not to love, though thou lovest not.