1st VERSE. Call me pet names dearest! Call me a bird,
That flies to thy breast at one cherishing word,
That folds its wild wings there, ne'er dreaming of flight,
That tenderly sings there in loving delight!
Oh! my sad heart keeps pining for one fond word!
Call me pet names dearest! Call me a bird!
2d VERSE. Call me fond names dearest! Call me a star,
Whose smile's beaming welcome thou feel'st from afar,
Whose light is the clearest, the truest to thee,
When the "night time of sorrow" steals over life's sea,
Oh! trust thy rich bark, where its warm rays are,
Call me pet names darling! Call me thy star!
3d VERSE. Call me sweet names darling! Call me a flow'r!
That lives in the light of thy smile each hour,
That droops when its heaven thy love grows cold,
That shrinks from the wicked, the false and bold,
That blooms for thee only, thro' sunlight and show'r.
Call me pet names darling! Call me a flow'r.
4th VERSE. Call me dear names darling! Call me thine own!
Speak to me always in love's low tone,
Let not thy look nor thy voice grow cold,
Let my fond worship thy being enfold;
Love me forever, and love me alone!
Call me pet names darling! Call me thine own.
Weiland, Francis and Osgood, Frances Sargent Locke, "Call Me Pet Names" (1851). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 39.
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