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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
103. The Rosary
 
By Robert Cameron Rogers
 
 
THE HOURS I spent with thee, dear heart,
  Are as a string of pearls to me;
I count them over, every one apart,
            My rosary.
 
Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer,        5
  To still a heart in absence wrung;
I tell each bead unto the end—and there
            A cross is hung.
 
Oh, memories that bless—and burn!
  Oh, barren gain—and bitter loss!        10
I kiss each bead, and strive at last to learn
            To kiss the cross,
              Sweetheart,
            To kiss the cross.
 

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