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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Names
By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781)
 
I ASKED my maiden fair one day:—
“What shall I call thee in my lay?
Wilt thou be as Daphne famed?
  Wilt thou Galatea, Chloris,
  Phyllis, Lesbia, or Doris        5
By posterity be named?”
 
“Ah!” replied my maiden fair,
“Names are naught but empty air,
Choose the one that suits the line:
  Call me Galatea, Chloris,        10
  Phyllis, Lesbia, or Doris,—
Call me anything, in fine,
If thou only call’st me Thine.”
 
 
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