Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FROM THREE FLY LEAVES, by JAMES KENNETH STEPHEN

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FROM THREE FLY LEAVES, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah phyllis! Did I only dare
Last Line: Have written quite in vain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stephen, J. K.
Subject(s): Courtship; Poetry & Poets

AH Phyllis! did I only dare
To hope that, as the years go by,
And you, a maid divinely fair,
The cynosure of every eye,
Have fixed the wandering minds of men,
And found a fare for scores of hearses,
You still will open, now and then.
My little book of verses;

Or did I, bolder yet, aspire
To hope that any phrase of mine,
Aglow with memory's cheering fire
Will burn within that heart of thine;
Although my brow be bare of bays,
My coffers not replete with gain,
I shall not—what's the foolish phrase?—
Have written quite in vain.

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