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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1294. Love’s Wisdom
By Margaret Deland
HOW long I ’ve loved thee, and how well—
    I dare not tell!
Because, if thou shouldst once divine
    This love of mine,
Or did but once my tongue confess        5
    My heart’s distress,
Far, far too plainly thou wouldst see
    My slavery,
And, guessing what Love’s wit should hide,
    Rest satisfied!        10
So, though I worship at thy feet,
    I ’ll be discreet—
And all my love shall not be told,
    Lest thou be cold,
And, knowing I was always thine,        15
    Scorn to be mine.
So am I dumb, to rescue thee
    From tyranny—
And, by my silence, I do prove
    Wisdom and Love!        20


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