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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
Descriptive Poems: I. Personal: Miscellaneous
Anne Hathaway
To the Idol of My Eye and Delight of My Heart, Anne Hathaway 1

WOULD ye be taught, ye feathered throng,
With love’s sweet notes to grace your song,
To pierce the heart with thrilling lay,
Listen to mine Anne Hathaway!
She hath a way to sing so clear,        5
Phœbus might wondering stop to hear.
To melt the sad, make blithe the gay,
And nature charm, Anne hath a way;
    She hath a way,
    Anne Hathaway;        10
To breathe delight Anne hath a way.
When Envy’s breath and rancorous tooth
Do soil and bite fair worth and truth,
And merit to distress betray,
To soothe the heart Anne hath a way;        15
She hath a way to chase despair,
To heal all grief, to cure all care,
Turn foulest night to fairest day.
Thou know’st, fond heart, Anne hath a way;
    She hath a way,        20
    Anne Hathaway;
To make grief bliss, Anne hath a way.
Talk not of gems, the orient list,
The diamond, topaz, amethyst,
The emerald mild, the ruby gay;        25
Talk of my gem, Anne Hathaway!
She hath a way, with her bright eye,
Their various lustres to defy,—
The jewels she, and the foil they,
So sweet to look Anne hath a way;        30
    She hath a way,
    Anne Hathaway;
To shame bright gems, Anne hath a way.
But were it to my fancy given
To rate her charms, I ’d call them heaven;        35
For, though a mortal made of clay,
Angels must love Anne Hathaway;
She hath a way so to control,
To rapture, the imprisoned soul,
And sweetest heaven on earth display,        40
That to be heaven Anne hath a way;
    She hath a way,
    Anne Hathaway;
To be heaven’s self, Anne hath a way.
Note 1. This poem has sometimes, but without much reason, been attributed to Shakespeare. [back]

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