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Poem by Stephen Vincent Benet


To W. R. B. 

And so, to you, who always were 
Perseus, DArtagnan, Lancelot 
To me, I give these weedy rhymes 
In memory of earlier times. 
Now all those careless days are not. 
Of all my heroes, you endure. 

Words are such silly things! too rough, 
Too smooth, they boil up or congeal, 
And neither of us likes emotion -- 
But I cant measure my devotion! 
And you know how I really feel -- 
And were together. There, enough . . .

Stephen Vincent Benet

Stephen Vincent Benet's other poems:
  1. The Congressmen Came out to See Bull Run
  2. The Fiddling Wood
  3. The Hemp
  4. Ghosts of a Lunatic Asylum
  5. The City Revisited

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Dedication ("These to His Memory--since he held them dear")
  • Robert Stevenson Dedication ("MY first gift and my last, to you")
  • Eleanor Farjeon Dedication ("My body having encountered with a soul")
  • Caroline Norton Dedication ("ONCE more, my harp! once more, although I thought")
  • Robert Service Dedication ("In youth I longed to paint")
  • Henry Timrod Dedication ("Do you recallI know you do")

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