Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BY REQUEST, by BERTON BRALEY

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First Line: Have a heart, lady, don't evermore flout me
Last Line: Have a heart, lady—have mine.
Subject(s): Love

Have a heart, lady, don't evermore flout me,
I am a pretty good sort of a guy.
There are a number of nice things about me
Which you can see with a tolerant eye;
I've been a butterfly, yes, and a rover
Fickle and flippant and gay.
But when you speak I lie down and roll over,
Have a heart, lady, I pray.

Have a heart, lady, you know how I'm feeling,
Know that I'm hopelessly caught in your snare.
Though I may struggle I can't help revealing
That I am dippy about you, for fair.
Look on me kindly at times, you'll discover
I am a pretty good egg,
You could do worse in the way of a lover,
Have a heart, lady, I beg.

Have a heart, lady, and if you are shy one
(Which, I'm afraid, is exceedingly true)
Here is a bird who'll be glad to supply one
Damaged a little—but mostly by you.
Have a heart, lady, here's one I am giving,
Which, as I guess you opine,
Beats and will beat for you while I am living,
Have a heart, lady—have Mine.

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