Classic and Contemporary Poetry
TO LESLEY, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: Burns sang of bonny lesley
Last Line: Grows never old or weary.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Home; Love; Singing & Singers
BURNS sang of bonny Lesley
As she gaed o'er the border, --
Gaed like vain Alexander,
To spread her conquests farther.
I sing another Lesley,
Wee girlie, more alluring,
Who stays at home, the wise one,
Her conquests there securing.
A queen, too, is my Lesley,
And gracious, though blood-royal,
My heart her throne, her kingdom,
And I a subject loyal.
Long shall you reign, my Lesley,
My pet, my darling dearie,
For love, oh, little sweetheart,
Grows never old or weary.
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