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Poem Title:  And You, Helen

Poem Category:  Love Poems

Poet:  Edward Thomas

Poet Biography: 
Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was an English Poet. Working for much of his career as an essayist and journalist he became interested in poetry later in life. Tragically killed on 9th April 1917, at Arras, France, whilst serving as a soldier. He also published one collection of poetry under the name Edward Eastaway in 1917.



Poem: 
And you, Helen, what should I give you?
So many things I would give you
Had I an infinite great store
Offered me and I stood before
To choose. I would give you youth,
All kinds of loveliness and truth,
A clear eye as good as mine,
Lands, waters, flowers, wine,
As many children as your heart
Might wish for, a far better art
Than mine can be, all you have lost
Upon the travelling waters tossed,
Or given to me. If I could choose
Freely in that great treasure-house
Anything from any shelf,
I would give you back yourself,
And power to discriminate
What you want and want it not too late,
Many fair days free from care
And heart to enjoy both foul and fair,
And myself, too, if I could find
Where it lay hidden and it proved kind.

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