The Happier Gift

DIVINEST words that ever singer said
Would hardly lend your mouth a sweeter red;
Her aureole, even hers whose book you hold,
Could give your head no goldener charm of gold.
Ah me! you have the only gift on earth
That to a woman can be surely worth
Breathing the breath of life for. Keep your place.
Even she had given her fame to have your face.
S. M. B. Piatt.