12 February 2007 | Vol. 6, No. 4

A Valentine to My Wife

Accept, dear girl, this little token,

And if between the lines you seek,

You'll find the love I've often spoken

The love my dying lips shall speak.

Our little ones are making merry

O'er am'rous ditties rhymed in jest,

But in these words (though awkward very)

The genuine article's expressed.

You are as fair and sweet and tender,

Dear brown-eyed little sweetheart mine,

As when, a callow youth and slender,

I asked to be your Valentine.

What though these years of ours be fleeting?

What though the years of youth be flown?

I'll mock old Tempus with repeating,

"I love my love and her alone!"

And when I fall before his reaping,

And when my stuttering speech is dumb,

Think not my love is dead or sleeping,

But that it waits for you to come.

So take, dear love, this little token,

And if there speaks in any line

The sentiment I'd fain have spoken,

Say, will you kiss your Valentine?

About the author:

1850-1895. Eugene Field is best known for his light verse for children, including "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod." Learn more about Eugene Field at Wikipedia.

For further reading:

Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 4, where "A Valentine to My Wife" ran on February 12, 2007. List other work with these same labels: poetry, classic, love poem, rhyme.

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