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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1448. Vingtaine
By Alice Learned Bunner

COULD she come back who has been dead so long,
How could I tell her of these years of wrong?
To what wild discords has my life been set
Striving the olden love-song to forget!
How could she know, in the abode of bliss,        5
The utter loneliness of life in this,—
The weariness that comes of nights unslept,
The hopeless agony of tears unwept?
Could she come back, between would lie those years,
And I could only look at her—through tears.        10

FOR death must come, and change, and, though the loss
Seems to the lonely soul the heaviest cross,
More bitter is the fate that day by day
Sees with sick heart the slow and sure decay
Of Faith and Love; and all our days we spend        15
In sorrow that these deathless things can end.
Far kinder then were death, for so should we
Be left with an unchanging memory,
And after-years this comfort would restore,—
That which Death takes is ours forevermore.        20


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