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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
If Only Thou Art True
 
George Barlow (b. 1847)
 
 
IF only a single rose is left,
  Why should the summer pine?
A blade of grass in a rocky cleft;
  A single star to shine.
—Why should I sorrow if all be lost,        5
  If only thou art mine?
 
If only a single bluebell gleams
  Bright on the barren heath,
Still of that flower the Summer dreams,
  Not of his August wreath.        10
—Why should I sorrow if thou art mine,
  Love, beyond change and death?
 
If only once on a wintry day
  The sun shines forth in the blue,
He gladdens the groves till they laugh as in May        15
  And dream of the touch of the dew.
—Why should I sorrow if all be false,
  If only thou art true?
 

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