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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
 
Sweethearts and Wives
By Daniel O’Connell
 
IF sweethearts were sweethearts always,
  Whether as maid or wife,
No drop would be half so pleasant
  In the mingled draught of life.
 
But the sweetheart has smiles and blushes        5
  When the wife has frowns and sighs,
And the wife’s have a wrathful glitter
  For the glow of the sweetheart’s eyes.
 
If lovers were lovers always,
  The same to sweetheart and wife,        10
Who would change for a future of Eden
  The joys of this checkered life?
 
But husbands grow grave and silent,
  And cares on the anxious brow
Oft replace the sunshine that perished        15
  At the words of the marriage vow.
 
Happy is he whose sweetheart
  Is wife and sweetheart still—
Whose voice, as of old, can charm;
  Whose kiss, as of old, can thrill;        20
 
Who has plucked the rose, to find ever
  Its beauty and fragrance increase,
As the flush of passion is mellowed
  In love’s unmeasured peace;
 
Who sees in the step a lightness;        25
  Who finds in the form a grace;
Who reads an unaltered brightness
  In the witchery of the face,
 
Undimmed and unchanged. Ah! happy
  Is he crowned with such a life,        30
Who drinks the wife, pledging the sweetheart,
  And toasts in the sweetheart the wife.
 
 
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