To Peter Mark Roget

You would think to overpower us
With your wordy old Thesaurus,
Your book of words and phrases to amaze us and excite ;
A revised, enlarged edition
Minus error and omission —
Oh, Peter Mark Roget, you, what say you when you write ?
Tell me, when you went a-courting,
All your adjectives assorting,
Did you write her carefully and prayerfully this strain ?
“ I love you, like, and sympathize,
I burn, adore, hug, idolize ;
I ’m your lover, suitor, wooer, beau, pursuer, and your swain!
“ You endear, you charm and capture,
You seduce, bewitch, enrapture ;
My thoughts and cogitations, meditations, sentiment,
Are about, as to, related,
Quoad hoc, associated
With you, yourself, the same as, your name, as evident.”
Did you ever stumble, hesitate,
Cut short, shut off, abbreviate,
When you told her you aspired to and desired to be her Him ?
When she received and took you
With your volume, tome, and hook, you —
Did you care a fig, be partial to, concerned with Synonym ?
Oh, Peter Mark Roget, you
Have decreed we shall obey you
Forever in the choosing and the using of our speech;
But when I become a wooer,
I shall send your volume to Her,
And let her choose her title— my pretty little.
inamorata
lady-love
idol
darling
duck
Dulcinea
angel
goddess
cara sposa
fiancée
affianced
betrothed
coquette
flirt
turtle dove
PEACH