Hinterhof

I am told that this poem by the wonderful James Fenton is frequently used in wedding ceremonies.  I can see why but I am including it here because I like it.

Hinterhof

Stay near to me and I’ll stay near to you –BlogFentonJames
As near as you are dear to me will do,
    Near as the rainbow to the rain,
    The west wind to the windowpane,
As fire to the hearth, as dawn to dew.

Stay true to me and I’ll stay true to you –
As true as you are new to me will do,
    New as the rainbow in the spray,
    Utterly new in every way,
New in the way that what you say is true.

Stay near to me, stay true to me. I’ll stay
As near, as true to you as heart could pray.
    Heart never hoped that one might be
    Half of the things you are to me –
The dawn, the fire, the rainbow and the day.

James Fenton

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