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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Miscellaneous Poems.
IV. The Ghost
By Edith (Nesbit) Bland (1858–1924)
THE YEAR fades, as the west wind sighs,
  And droops in many-coloured ways,
But your soft presence never dies
  From out the pathway of my days.
The spring is where you are; but still        5
  You, far away, to me can bring
Sweet flowers and dreams enough to fill
  A thousand empty worlds with spring.
I walk the wet and leafless woods,
  Your spirit ever floats before,        10
And lights its russet solitudes
  With blossoms summer never wore.
I sit beside my lonely fire,
  The shadows almost bring your face,
And light with memory and desire        15
  My desolated dwelling-place.
Among my books I feel your hand
  That turns the page just past my sight;
Sometimes behind my chair you stand
  And read the foolish rhymes I write.        20
The old piano’s keys I press
  In random chords—until I hear
Your voice, your rustling silken dress,
  And smell the roses that you wear.
I do not weep now any more,        25
  I think I hardly even sigh,
I would not let you think I bore
  The kind of wound of which men die.
Believe that smooth content has grown
  Over the ghastly grave of pain;        30
Content! Oh lips that were my own
  That I shall never kiss again!

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