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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
By Edward Fitzgerald
SWEET NEA! for your lovely sake
  I weave these rambling numbers,
Because I’ve lain an hour awake,
  And can’t compose my slumbers.
Because your beauty’s gentle light        5
  Is round my pillow beaming,
And flings, I know not why, to-night,
  Some witchery o’er my dreaming.
Because we’ve pass’d some joyous days,
  And danced some merry dances;        10
Because we love old Beaumont’s plays,
  And old Froissart’s romances!
Because whene’er I hear your words
  Some pleasant feeling lingers;
Because I think your heart has cords        15
  That vibrate to your fingers.
Because you’ve got those long, soft curls,
  I’ve sworn should deck my goddess;
Because you’re not, like other girls,
  All bustle, blush, and bodice;        20
Because your eyes are deep and blue,
  Your fingers long and rosy;
Because a little child and you
  Would make one’s home so cosy.
Because your tiny little nose        25
  Turns up so pert and funny;
Because I know you choose your beaux
  More for their mirth than money;
Because I think you’d rather twirl
  A waltz,—with me to guide you,        30
Than talk small nonsense with an earl,
  And a coronet beside you.
Because you don’t object to walk,
  And are not given to fainting;
Because you have not learnt to talk        35
  Of flowers and Poonah-painting;
Because I think you’d scarce refuse
  To sew one on a button;
Because I know you’d sometimes choose
  To dine on simple mutton.        40
Because I think I’m just so weak
  As, some of those fine morrows,
To ask you if you’ll let me speak
  My story—and my sorrows;
Because the rest’s a simple thing,        45
  A matter quickly over,
A church—a priest—a sigh—a ring—
  And a chaise and four to Dover.

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