A Birthday Valentine
Sweets to the sweet I bring today ,
And give with them my heart away ;
For how can you with grace decline
This heart by courtesy called mine
Since first I owned your gentle sway ?
With the same courtesy I pray ,
Waive all demurring and delay ,
Accept my heart as I resign
Sweets to the sweet .
When you are near my heart is gay .
My highest joy is to obey :
Dear heart , in whom all sweets combine ,
Take this belated valentine :
Nor think I flatter when I say
“Sweets to the sweet .”
Believe me , Madam ,
Your very obedient humble servant
Edward Boswell Bear