Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, VIOLET: 3. DECLARATION, by ARTHUR WILLIAM SYMONS



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VIOLET: 3. DECLARATION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Child, I will give you rings to wear
Last Line: Because I have no heart to give you.
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Love - Complaints


Child, I will give you rings to wear,
And, if you love them, dainty dresses,
Flowers for your bosom and your hair,
And, if you love them, fond caresses;

And I will give you of my days,
And I will leave, when you require it,
My dreams, my books, my wonted ways,
Content if only you desire it.

Take for your own my life, my art,
And for your love's sake I forgive you;
I only ask you for your heart,
Because I have no heart to give you.





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