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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
For Saynte Valentyne, his Daye
By Frank Dempster Sherman (1860–1916)
 
  GOE, little Rhyme, & greete Her,
    Goe, tel Her yt I thinke
  Things infinitely sweeter
    Yn I maie putt in Inke:
  Ye Musick of ye metre        5
    Shal linger on ye Aire
Ye while She turns ye Leaves & learns
    Ye Secrett hidden there.
 
  Fly, little Leafe of Paper,
    Flye, merrie-hearted Bird,        10
  & lett your Fancie shape Her
    Some dear & simple Word
  Soe sweete it sha’n’t escape Her,
    & if a Blushe you see
Steale upp & chase across Her face,        15
    Return & counsell me.
 
  Haste, little God! I send Her,
    Bye You, ys MS.,
  Wch hopefull Love has penned Her
    Withe quill in Honie dipt;        20
  Haste; bidd Her Heart be tender
    Unto ye lightsome Line
Where I in maske have come to aske
  To be Her Valentyne!
 
 
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