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Poem by Sidney Lanier


A Dedication


   To Charlotte Cushman

As Love will carve dear names upon a tree,
Symbol of gravure on his heart to be,

So thought I thine with loving text to set
In the growth and substance of my canzonet;

But, writing it, my tears begin to fall --
This wild-rose stem for thy large nameТs too small!

Nay, still my trembling hands are fain, are fain
Cut the good letters though they lap again;

Perchance such folk as mark the blur and stain
Will say, `It was the beating of the rain;Т

Or, haply these oТer-woundings of the stem
May loose some little balm, to plead for them.



Sidney Lanier


Sidney Lanier's other poems:
  1. A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L.
  2. A Song of the Future
  3. Strange Jokes
  4. Martha Washington
  5. Nilsson


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Aldrich A Dedication ("Take these rhymes into thy grace")
  • Henry Timrod A Dedication ("Fair Saxon, in my lover's creed")

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