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Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson


Dedication


MY first gift and my last, to you
I dedicate this fascicle of songs -
The only wealth I have:
Just as they are, to you.

I speak the truth in soberness, and say
I had rather bring a light to your clear eyes,
Had rather hear you praise
This bosomful of songs

Than that the whole, hard world with one consent,
In one continuous chorus of applause
Poured forth for me and mine
The homage of ripe praise.

I write the finis here against my love,
This is my love's last epitaph and tomb.
Here the road forks, and I
Go my way, far from yours. 



Robert Louis Stevenson


Robert Louis Stevenson's other poems:
  1. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 13. Mater Triumphans
  2. About the Sheltered Garden Ground
  3. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 36. TO S.C.
  4. My Body which My Dungeon Is
  5. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 39. Tropic Rain


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Dedication ("These to His Memory--since he held them dear")
  • 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 recallЧI know you do")
  • Stephen Benet Dedication ("To W. R. B.")

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