Classic and Contemporary Poetry
A SONNET, by AMELIE RIVES Poet's Biography
First Line: Take all of me, I am thine own, heart, soul
Last Line: Which is my heart and for himself alone.
Alternate Author Name(s): Troubetskoy, Princess
TAKE all of me, -- I am thine own, heart, soul,
Brain, body, -- all; all that I am or dream
Is thine forever; yea, though space should teem
With thy conditions, I'd fulfil the whole --
Were to fulfil them to be loved of thee.
Oh, love me! -- were to love me but a way
To kill me -- love me; so to die would be
To live forever. Let me hear thee say
Once only, "Dear, I love thee," -- then all life
Would be one sweet remembrance, thou its king:
Nay, thou art that already, and the strife
Of twenty worlds could not uncrown thee. Bring,
O Time! my monarch to possess his throne
Which is my heart and for himself alone.
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