“I Would Live In Your Love” … Sara Teasdale

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I Would Live In Your Love – Sara Teasdale

I would  live in your love

As the sea-grasses live in the sea,

Borne up by each wave as it passes,

Drawn down by each wave that recedes;

I would empty my soul

Of the dreams that have gathered in me

I would beat with your heart as it beats,

I would follow your soul as it leads.


A gentle love poem by the American lyric poet, Sara Teasdale (1884-1933).  After her marriage in 1914, she used the name Sara Teasdale Filsinger.  As the sea-grass lives in and is sustained by the sea, so the poet wishes her life to be consumed and given wholly to her love. The images created belie her own love story when it would appear that she married largely to meet with the wishes of her parents.  The marriage ended in divorce in 1929 and just four years later Sarah was found dead in her bath.  Although denied at the time, it is believed that the death was suicide.

11 thoughts on ““I Would Live In Your Love” … Sara Teasdale

  1. Beautiful post Roland and also so informative.
    I find the poem strangely sad in its beauty, maybe I would love to hear they were weaving
    together in the waves.
    I had no idea of her sad marriage and tragic end. My heart goes out to Sara Teasdale.

    She will live on in her poetry.


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  2. Just what I needed Roland, a bit of grounding, perspective after a day of I.T travails! It seems yet maybe another tortured soul, I do hope not. As we’ve touched on before it seems that inner darkness does produce great beauty.

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