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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Lines to a Friend
By Louis Dyer (1851–1908)
 
Who Had Been an Actor in the Greek Play at Harvard College
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A JOYOUS mourner clad in glistening white,
  Thee I beheld with suppliant’s olive bough
  And bound the fillet on thy youthful brow:
Walking before them, thou didst all delight.
Alas! thy slender youth shone there too bright,        5
  Nor would for Thebes the Gods thy grief allow,
  But sorrows of thine own they send thee now
And dim with flowing tears thy peaceful sight.
I bade thee feign that look of Theban woe,
  Who, powerless now, would fain forbid this grief;        10
    For in the sober depths of thy pure eyes
    I seem to know a look that ever tries—
  Feigning an unfelt joy—to gain relief
From pains which stricken souls alone can know.
 
 
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