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First Line: My dearling! - thus, in days long fled
Last Line: The hapless fate of anne boleyn!
Alternate Author Name(s): Percy, Florence; Chase, Elizabeth Anne
Subject(s): Boleyn, Anne (1507-1536)

MY Dearling! -- thus, in days long fled,
In spite of creed and court and queen,
King Henry wrote to Anne Boleyn, --
The dearest pet name ever said,
And dearly purchased, too, I ween!

Poor child! she played a losing game:
She won a hart, -- so Henry said, --
But, ah, the price she gave instead!
Men's hearts, at best, are but a name:
She paid for Henry's with her head!

You count men's hearts as something worth?
Not I: were I a maid unwed,
I'd rather have my own fair head
Than all the lovers on the earth,
Than all the hearts that ever bled!

"My Dearling!" with a love most true,
Having no fear of creed or queen,
I breathe that name my prayers between;
But it shall never bring to you
The hapless fate of Anne Boleyn!

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