Augustin S. Macdonald, comp. A Collection of Verse by California Poets. 1914.

By Howard V. Sutherland


O SWEET my loved one, hear my prayer,

Be thou mine own and love me!

So dear art thou, so proud, so fair—

Alas, so far above me.

Yet thou, perchance, dear heart, wilt deign

To soothe a heart long steeped in pain,

For pity is a maiden’s gain—

O sweet my loved one, hear!

So oft I’ve prayed, my heart is sore.

When far from thee I sorrow,

And yet, alas, it pains me more

To meet thee on the morrow.

Ah, would that I were fondly pressed

Against thy true, all sacred breast,

Then, then, ah then, might I find rest—

O sweet my loved one, hear!