Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A VALENTINE, by JOSEPH TWYMAN



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A VALENTINE, by            
First Line: I hold no viol or ancient lute
Last Line: With garlanded incense?
Subject(s): Holidays; Love; Valentine's Day; Worship


I HOLD no viol or ancient lute
To make sweet music to thy praise,
But, bending, plead a lover's suit
Too deep for words, with music mute
In lieu of lover's lays.
I only ask wilt thou be mine
And take mine heart for recompense,
Invoking through Saint Valentine
The worship at thy beauty's shrine
With garlanded incense?





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