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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Love in Exile (Songs)
III. (IV.) “I would I were the Glow-worm”
By Mathilde Blind (1841–1896)
I WOULD I were the glow-worm, thou the flower,
  That I might fill thy cup with glimmering light;
I would I were the bird, and thou the bower,
  To sing thee songs throughout the summer night.
I would I were a pine tree deeply rooted,        5
  And thou the lofty, cloud-beleaguered rock,
Still, while the blasts of heaven around us hooted,
  To cleave to thee and weather every shock.
I would I were the rill, and thou the river;
  So might I, leaping from some headlong steep,        10
With all my waters lost in thine for ever,
  Be hurried onwards to the unfathomed deep.
I would—what would I not? O foolish dreaming!
  My words are but as leaves by autumn shed,
That, in the faded moonlight idly gleaming,        15
  Drop on the grave where all our love lies dead.

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