I envy every flower that blows
Along the meadow where she goes,
And every bird that sings to her,
And every breeze that brings to her
The fragrance of the rose.
I envy every poet’s rhyme That moves her heart at even time,
And every tree that wears for her
Its brightest bloom, and bears for her The fruitage of its prime.
I envy every Southern night
That paves her path with moonbeams white,
And silvers all the leaves for her,
And in their shadow weaves for her
A dream of dear delight.
I envy none whose love requires
Of her a gift, a task that tires:
I only long to live to her, I only ask to give to her
All that her heart desires. ~ A Lover’s Envy – Henry Van Dyke