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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Miscellaneous Poems.
III. A Tragedy (II)
By Edith (Nesbit) Bland (1858–1924)
IT’S lonely in my study here alone
            Now you are gone;
I loved to see your white gown mid the flowers,
            While, hours on hours,
I studied—toiled to weave a crown of fame        5
            About your name.
I liked to hear your sweet, low laughter ring;
            To hear you sing
About the house while I sat reading here,
            My child, my dear;        10
To know you glad with all the life-joys fair
            I dared not share.
I thought there would be time enough to show
            My love, you know,
When I could lay with laurels at your feet        15
            Love’s roses sweet;
I thought I could taste love when fame was won—
            Now both are done!
Thank God, your child-heart knew not how to miss
            The passionate kiss,        20
Which I dared never give, lest love should rise
            Mighty, unwise,
And bind me, with my life-work incomplete,
            Beside your feet.
You never knew, you lived and were content;        25
            My one chance went;
You died, my little one, and are at rest—
            And I, unblest,
Look at these broken fragments of my life,
            My child, my wife.        30

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