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Poem by Eugene Field

A Valentine

Your gran'ma, in her youth, was quite
  As blithe a little maid as you.
And, though her hair is snowy white,
  Her eyes still have their maiden blue,
And on her cheeks, as fair as thine,
  Methinks a girlish blush would glow
If she recalled the valentine
  She got, ah! many years ago.

A valorous youth loved gran'ma then,
  And wooed her in that auld lang syne;
And first he told his secret when
  He sent the maid that valentine.
No perfumed page nor sheet of gold
  Was that first hint of love he sent,
But with the secret gran'pa told
  "I love you"gran'ma was content.

Go, ask your gran'ma, if you will,
  Ifthough her head be bowed and gray
Ifthough her feeble pulse be chill
  True love abideth not for aye;
By that quaint portrait on the wall,
  That smiles upon her from above,
Methinks your gran'ma can recall
  The sweet divinity of love.

Dear Elsie, here's no page of gold
  No sheet embossed with cunning art
But here's a solemn pledge of old:
  "I love you, love, with all my heart."
And if in what I send you here
  You read not all of love expressed,
Gogo to gran'ma, Elsie dear,
  And she will tell you all the rest!

Eugene Field

Eugene Field's other poems:
  1. The Two Little Skeezucks
  2. In Praise of Contentment
  3. The Singing in God's Acre
  4. Mysterious Doings
  5. With Two Spoons for Two Spoons

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Lewis Carroll A Valentine ("And cannot pleasures, while they last")
  • Dinah Craik A Valentine ("YE are twa laddies unco gleg")
  • Edgar Poe A Valentine ("For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes")
  • Madison Cawein A Valentine ("My life is grown a witchcraft place")
  • James Fields A Valentine ("She that is fair, though never vain or proud")
  • Henry Livingston A Valentine ("WELLCOME, wellcome, happy day")

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