If you're ever going to love me, love me now, while I can know
All the sweet and tender feelings which from real affection show.
Love me now, while I am living; Do not wait until I am gone
And then chisel it in marble-warm love words on ice-cold stone.
If you have dear, sweet thoughts about me, why not whisper them to me?
Don't you know 'twould make me happy and as glad as glad can be?
If you wait until I am sleeping, ne'er to waken here again,
There'll be walls of earth between us and I couldn't hear you then.
If you knew someone was thirsting for a drop of water sweet
Would you be so slow to bring it? Would you step with laggard feet?
There are tender hearts all around us who are thirsting for our love,
Why withhold from them what nature makes them crave all else above?
I won't need your kind caresses when the grass grows o'er my face;
I won't crave your love or caresses in my last low resting place.
So, then, if you love me any, if it's but a little bit,
Let me know it now while living, so I can own and treasure it.
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