If You Should Tire of Loving Me

Margaret Widdemer

Margaret Widdemer (c) John Widdemer

Margaret Widdemer (c) John Widdemer

If you should tire of loving me
Some one of our far days,
Oh, never start to hide your heart
Or cover thought with praise.

For every word you would not say
Be sure my heart has heard,
So go from me all silently
Without a kiss or word;

For God must give you happiness…
And oh, it may befall
In listening long to Heaven-song
I may not care at all!


This poem is in the public domain


Margaret Widdemer (1884–1978) was an American poet and novelist. In her writings, she addresses the social problems of her day—such as child labor—and pays strict attention to traditional poetic forms. She won the Columbia University Prize (now known as the Pulitzer Prize) for her collection The Old Road to Paradise (1918).  

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