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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781)

I ASKED my maiden fair one day:—

“What shall I call thee in my lay?

Wilt thou be as Daphne famed?

Wilt thou Galatea, Chloris,

Phyllis, Lesbia, or Doris

By posterity be named?”

“Ah!” replied my maiden fair,

“Names are naught but empty air,

Choose the one that suits the line:

Call me Galatea, Chloris,

Phyllis, Lesbia, or Doris,—

Call me anything, in fine,

If thou only call’st me Thine.”