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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1585. Recollection
 
By Anne Reeve Aldrich
 
 
HOW can it be that I forget
  The way he phrased my doom,
When I recall the arabesques
  That carpeted the room?
 
How can it be that I forget        5
  His look and mien that hour,
When I recall I wore a rose,
  And still can smell the flower?
 
How can it be that I forget
  Those words that were the last,        10
When I recall the tune a man
  Was whistling as he passed?
 
These things are what we keep from life’s
  Supremest joy or pain;
For Memory locks her chaff in bins        15
  And throws away the grain.
 

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