I Love Him Wisely

John Gambril Nicholson

I love him wisely if I love him well,

And so I let him keep his innocence

I veil my adoration with pretence

Since he knows nothing of Love's mystic spell;

I dare not for his sake my passion tell

Though strong desire upbraid my diffidence; --

To buy my happiness at his expense

Were folly blind and loss unspeakable.

Suspicious of my simplest acts I grow;

I doubt my passing words, however brief;

I catch his glances feeling like a thief.

Perchance he wonders why I shun him so, --

It would be strange indeed if he should know

I love him, love him, love him past belief!

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