A Birthday Present

'say what, to please you, you would have me be."
Then listen, dear!
I fain would have you very fair to see,anf sweet to hear.

'you should have Aphrodite's form and face, with Dian's tread;
And somthing of Minerva's lofty grace
should crown your head

'summer should wander in your voice, and spring gleam in your gaze
And pure thoughts ripen in your heart that bring calm Autumn days

'your's should be winning ways that make love live, and never grow old
With ever somthing yet more sweet to give,which you withhold



'you should have generous hopes that can beguile Life's doubt's and fear's
And, ever waiting on your April smile,the gift of tears

'you should be close to us as earth and sea and yet as far
As heaven itself. In sooth, i'd have you be just what you are.

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