HOW CAN I LEAVE THEE!
Published 1851 by F. D. Benteen

[Through composed]
How can I leave thee! How can I bear to part!
That thou hast all my heart, Dearest believe!
Thou hast this soul of mine,So wholly is it thine
That I can love no-one But thee alone.

Blue is the flow'ret Call'd the "Forget me not,"
Ah! lay it on thy heart, And think of me,
Should hope fade with the flow'rs Love's wealth shall still be ours,
That will remain with me Dearest believe.