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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Lalage, Neaera, Chloris, Seppho, Lesbia, or Doris, Arethusa or Lucrece?2 Ide: "Beloved"
3 Ide: "Laura"
- by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834), "Epigrams" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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