To —-, with a Rose by Sidney Lanier

I asked my heart to say
Some word whose worth my love’s devoir might pay
Upon my Lady’s natal day.

Then said my heart to me:
`Learn from the rhyme that now shall come to thee
What fits thy Love most lovingly.’

This gift that learning shows;
For, as a rhyme unto its rhyme-twin goes,
I send a rose unto a Rose.

___
Philadelphia, 1876.

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