I care not what the world may say,
Or if it mock and jeer;
I’d care not for it’s smiles or frowns,
If you were always near.
You are my very all, in all,
Beneath the heaven’s blue,
And all else is as naught to me,
The breath of life is you.
All I ask is love,
All I want is you;
And I swear by all the stars,
I’ll be forever true.
All that I seek to know,
All that I want above,
All that I crave in this wide, wide world,
All that I ask of you is love.
To greatest heights or lowest depths,
I’d go to be with you.
Your kisses burn upon my lips,
And thrill me through and through.
To be with you I’d gladly give
My very soul and all.
Without you, life is incomplete,
I’m yours beyond recall.
Selden, Edgar and Ingraham, Herbert, "All That I Ask Of You Is Love" (1910). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 1321.
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