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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
335. Blind Louise
 
By George Washington Dewey
 
 
SHE knew that she was growing blind,—
    Foresaw the dreary night
That soon would fall, without a star,
    Upon her fading sight;
 
Yet never did she make complaint,        5
    But prayed each day might bring
A beauty to her waning eyes,—
    The loveliness of spring!
 
She dreaded that eclipse which might
    Perpetually enclose        10
Sad memories of a leafless world,
    A spectral realm of snows.
 
She ’d rather that the verdure left
    An evergreen to shine
Within her heart, as summer leaves        15
    Its memory on the pine.
 
She had her wish; for when the sun
    O’erhung his eastern towers,
And shed his benediction on
    A world of May-time flowers,        20
 
We found her seated, as of old,
    In her accustomed place,
A midnight in her sightless eyes,
    And morn upon her face!
 

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