7 Days of Valentines Poems, #4: “If Ever There Was Love”

Man and Woman under a Tree, William Strang, via the National Gallery of Art, open access
“If Ever There Was Love” 
 
If ever there was man who loved a woman, 
if two hearts were ever bound in love’s embrace, 
if ever two well spent their lives together, 
I love you, and I know true love’s taste. 
  
If ever man looked on and saw your beauty, 
if ever man looked on and watched your way, 
if ever one was touched by your sweet nature, 
I observe it all and want it, for it pray. 
  
If you could love a husband, could you love me? 
If you could touch a heart, could you touch mine? 
If you want one who’ll hold you when you are gray,  
see me. My love won’t break within time. 
  
If I asked you for your marriage-hand, girl, 
if I vow always to stand by your side, 
if I hold your hand and ask you, will you answer, 
"Yes"? I cannot no abide. 
  
If you say, “No,” my heart will then there shatter; 
if negative’s your reply, I will fall. 
If you say, “No,” I will in love bear it, 
but you might as well just take me to the wall. 
  
If you say, “Yes!” I may right die for joy, dear! 
If positive’s your response, I will live! 
If you say, “Yes!” and take me in your arms,  
I’ll lay my all, my everything I’ll give. 
  
If ever there was man who loved a woman, 
if two hearts were ever bound in love’s embrace, 
if ever two well spent their lives together, 
I love you, and I know true love’s taste. 

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