This is another favorite of mine. I first came across this piece back in college in our speech class. The teacher required everyone in his class to deliver this piece in the most emotional way possible. This is a classic one. I started searching for it over the net about 5 years ago, then tonight it suddenly occurred to me that i have to post it here so that i would know where to look for it whenever i feel like reading it again.
If you’re ever going to love me…
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 flow.
Love me now while I am living, do not wait till I am gone,
and then chisel it in marble, warm love words on ice cold stone.
If you’ve dear sweet thoughts about me, why not whisper them to me?
Don’t you know it would make me happy, and as glad as glad can be?
If you wait until I am sleeping, never to waken here again.
There’ll be walls of earth between us and I couldn’t hear you then.
If you know 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 round us who are thirsting for our love,
why withhold it 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 kisses in my last low resting place.
Till then if you love me any, if it’s but a little bit, Let me know it….