by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834)

I ask'd my fair, one happy day
Language: English 
I ask'd my fair, one happy day,
What I should call her in my lay,
By what sweet name from Rome or Greece,
[Neaera, Laura, Daphne, Chloris,
Carina, Lalage, or Doris,
Dorimene, or Lucrece?]1

"Ah!" replied my gentle fair,
"[Dear one]2, what are names but air?
Choose thou whatever suits the line;
Call me [Sappho]3, call me Chloris,
Call me Lalage or Doris,
Only -- only -- call me thine!"

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1 Ide:
Lalage, Neaera, Chloris,
Seppho, Lesbia, or Doris,
Arethusa or Lucrece?
2 Ide: "Beloved"
3 Ide: "Laura"


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Word count: 68