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Poem by Charles Stuart Calverley


    Canst thou love me, lady?
        I've not learn'd to woo:
    Thou art on the shady
        Side of sixty too.
    Still I love thee dearly!
        Thou hast lands and pelf:
    But I love thee merely
        Merely for thyself.
    Wilt thou love me, fairest?
       Though thou art not fair;
   And I think thou wearest
       Someone-else's hair.
   Thou could'st love, though, dearly:
       And, as I am told,
   Thou art very nearly
       Worth thy weight, in gold.
   Dost thou love me, sweet love?
       Tell me that thou dost!
   Women fairly beat one,
       But I think thou must.
   Thou art loved so dearly:
       I am plain, but then
   Thou (to speak sincerely)
       Art as plain again.
   Love me, bashful fairy!
       I've an empty purse:
   And I've "moods," which vary;
       Mostly for the worse.
   Still, I love thee dearly:
       Though I make (I feel)
   Love a little queerly,
       I'm as true as steel.
   Love me, swear to love me
      (As, you know, they do)
   By yon heaven above me
       And its changeless blue.
   Love me, lady, dearly,
       If you'll be so good;
   Though I don't see clearly
       On what ground you should.
   Love me Ч ah or love me
       Not, but be my bride!
   Do not simply shove me
      (So to speak) aside!
   P'raps it would be dearly
       Purchased at the price;
   But a hundred yearly
       Would be very nice.

Charles Stuart Calverley

Charles Stuart Calverley's other poems:
  1. Ode to Tobacco
  2. On The Brink
  3. Peace. A Study
  4. Visions
  5. Lovers And A Reflection

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Love ("All thoughts, all passions, all delights") 1799
  • Elizabeth Barrett-Browning Love ("We cannot live, except thus mutually")
  • Rupert Brooke Love ("Love is a breach in the walls, a broken gate")
  • Thomas Gent Love ("Love!Чwhat is love? a mere machine, a spring")
  • Nicholas Breton Love ("Foolish love is only folly")
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck Love ("WHEN the tree of Love is budding first")
  • George Horton Love ("Whilst tracing thy visage I sink in emotion")
  • Dora Sigerson Shorter Love ("Deep in the moving depths")
  • Alexander Smith Love ("THE fierce exulting worlds, the motes in rays")
  • Henry Van Dyke Love ("Let me but love my love without disguise")
  • Jones Very Love ("I asked of Time to tell me where was Love")
  • Ella Wilcox Love ("The longer I live and the more I see")
  • John Kenyon Love ("Mother! I've seen a little boy")
  • Albert Pike Love ("I am the soul of the Universe")

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