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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

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,

& 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,

Return & counsell me.

Haste, little God! I send Her,

Bye You, ys MS.,

Wch hopefull Love has penned Her

Withe quill in Honie dipt;

Haste; bidd Her Heart be tender

Unto ye lightsome Line

Where I in maske have come to aske

To be Her Valentyne!