A Birthday Present
''Say what, to please you, you would have me be.'' Then listen, dear! I fain would have you very fair to see, And sweet to hear. `You should have Aphrodite's form and face, With Dian's tread; And something of Minerva's lofty grace Should crown your head. `Summer should wander in your voice, and Spring Gleam in your gaze, And pure thoughts ripen in your heart that bring Calm Autumn days. `Yours should be winning ways that make Love live, And ne'er grow old, With ever something yet more sweet to give, Which you withhold. `You should have generous hopes that can beguile Life's doubts and fears, And, ever waiting on your April smile, The gift of tears. `You should be close to us as earth and sea, And yet as far As Heaven itself. In sooth, I'd have you be Just what you are.'
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