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A Birthday Poem

by Charlotte Raby
November 10, 2005

‘My Dearest Laurie,

There is naught that I like nor dislike of you,
In sooth, love I the whole and no parts eschew.

But your whole is many parts seamless made
And now herein, verily to list them am I bade:

Honest, noble, and true are the pillars of your conceit,
They are agood, but you above that are fair sweet.

On day or night or high or low, in loving counsel
All your time doth show. For if even tonight

I dost need of it, I swear certain you would spend - nay!
Invest it me with richest cheer and highest wit.

Head-hearted, heart-headed, twined to one unto lead
Doth it seem; yet thou hath proved that cleaved,

The ship thrice lighter wilt drift lost and much bereaved.
A compass without judgement straight do you follow

Betwixt minds and hearts where there be fields so fallow.
You are immured to the core in me; Ergo I must

Needs keep and love your heart as mine own,
For the span of every and all time known.

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