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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
326. Love Unchangeable
By Rufus Dawes
YES, still I love thee! Time, who sets
  His signet on my brow,
And dims my sunken eye, forgets
  The heart he could not bow,
Where love, that cannot perish, grows        5
For one, alas! that little knows
  How love may sometimes last,
Like sunshine wasting in the skies,
  When clouds are overcast.
The dew-drop hanging o’er the rose,        10
  Within its robe of light,
Can never touch a leaf that blows,
  Though seeming to the sight;
And yet it still will linger there,
Like hopeless love without despair,—        15
  A snow-drop in the sun:
A moment finely exquisite,
  Alas! but only one.
I would not have thy married heart
  Think momently of me;        20
Nor would I tear the cords apart,
  That bind me so to thee;
No! while my thoughts seem pure and mild,
Like dew upon the roses wild,
  I would not have thee know        25
The stream, that seems to thee so still,
  Has such a tide below.
Enough that in delicious dreams
  I see thee and forget,—
Enough, that when the morning beams        30
  I feel my eyelids wet!
Yet, could I hope, when Time lets fall
The darkness for creation’s pall,
  To meet thee,—and to love,—
I would not shrink from aught below,        35
  Nor ask for more above.


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