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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich. 1836–1907
189. Palabras Cariñosas
GOOD-NIGHT! I have to say good-night 
To such a host of peerless things! 
Good-night unto the slender hand 
All queenly with its weight of rings; 
Good-night to fond, uplifted eyes,         5
Good-night to chestnut braids of hair, 
Good-night unto the perfect mouth, 
And all the sweetness nestled there— 
  The snowy hand detains me, then 
  I 'll have to say Good-night again!  10
But there will come a time, my love, 
When, if I read our stars aright, 
I shall not linger by this porch 
With my farewells. Till then, good-night! 
You wish the time were now? And I.  15
You do not blush to wish it so? 
You would have blushed yourself to death 
To own so much a year ago— 
  What, both these snowy hands! ah, then 
  I 'll have to say Good-night again!  20

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