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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Poems, Lyrics, and Sonnets (1882)
IV. Am I to Lose You?
By Louisa S. Guggenberger (1845–1895)
“AM I to lose you now?” The words were light;
    You spoke them, hardly seeking a reply,
    That day I bid you quietly “Good-bye,”
And sought to hide my soul away from sight.
The question echoed, dear, through many a night,—        5
    My question, not your own—most wistfully;
    “Am I to lose him?”—asked my heart of me;
“Am I to lose him now, and lose him quite?”
And only you can tell me. Do you care
    That sometimes we in quietness should stand        10
    As fellow-solitudes, hand firm in hand,
And thought with thought and hope with hope compare?
What is your answer? Mine must ever be,
    “I greatly need your friendship: leave it me.”

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