READ­ING

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS - – Roy Croft

Haven’t found a read­ing for your cer­e­mony yet? See if this one strikes a chord

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.

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