Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONG, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET

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First Line: Had I a claim to fame?
Last Line: "he was her lover!"
Subject(s): Hope; Love Affairs; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Optimism; Songs

Had I a claim to fame?
Little to honor;
Save when I spoke her name,
Gazing upon her.
Then was I crowned of men,
More than my seeming.
Youth's glorious hope again
Bannered my dreaming.

So, when our day is past;
When we lie stilly
Under the earth at last,
Clod by white lily.
Give me neither tear nor sigh;
Breathe but this in passing by
Where empearled with morning dew
The high grass above her
Waves, and above me too,—
"He was her lover!"

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