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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Autumn Songs (1889)
II. Song: “I Wonder will you Twine for Me”
By Mary M. Singleton (“Violet Fane”) (1843–1905)
        “Dark tree! still sad when others’ grief is fled,—
The only constant mourner o’er the dead!”

I WONDER,—will you twine for me
  Sad cypress wreaths when I am dead,
Or, sentinel,—like yon dark tree,
  Watch, constant, o’er my lonely bed?
Or will you,—like some forest bird        5
  Escaped the slumb’ring fowler’s snare,
Plume your free’d wings, and heavenward
  Soar blithely thro’ the ambient air?…
Methinks at both my heart would bleed,—
  My spirit-heart, ’neath folded wings,—        10
If our poor sexless souls shall heed
  The passing of terrestrial things!
So, choose, my love, some middle way;—
  At morn,—like falcon fresh and free
Soar sunwards,—but, at closing day        15
  Be, sometimes, like the cypress tree;—
Mute o’er a memory remain
  In centred thought, one little minute,—
Unclasp one closed-up book again
  And read the story written in it!        20

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