Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE NAME, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON



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First Line: What tender love name can I call you by?
Last Line: "my sweet, my sweet, and yet again, my dear""!"
Subject(s): Love; Names


WHAT tender love name can I call you by?
Not that of every hour and every one;
I would not take what others have begun
To soil by common use; nay, I would try

To lift our loving to some far-hung sky,
To bear it swift beyond each blazing sun
And in a demi-dark divinely spun
Of silver moons, to syllable it shy.

I yield to none; your mother's early way
Of calling you; your name in heaven writ clear,
These stand for holiness; but mine must be
Other, and more: its very sound must say:
"My dear, mine own, beloved utterly,
My sweet, my sweet, and yet again, my dear"!





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