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Poem by Thomas Hood


Sonnet for the 14th of February


No popular respect will I omit
To do thee honor on this happy day,
When every loyal lover tasks his wit
His simple truth in studious rhymes to pay,
And to his mistress dear his hopes convey.
Rather thou knowest I would still outrun
All calendars with Love's,--whose date alway
Thy bright eyes govern better than the Sun,--
For with thy favor was my life begun;
And still I reckon on from smiles to smiles,
And not by summers, for I thrive on none
But those thy cheerful countenance complies:
Oh! if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine.



Thomas Hood


Thomas Hood's other poems:
  1. Ballad (Spring it is cheery)
  2. Written in Keats' УEndymionФ
  3. Ballad (She's up and gone, the graceless girl)
  4. Stanzas (Is there a bitter pang for love removed)
  5. The Departure of Summer


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