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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
Phœbe Cary
        Ah, there are moments for us here, when, seeing
Life’s inequalities, and woe, and care,
The burdens laid upon our mortal being
Seem heavier than the human heart can bear.
        Father, perfect my trust;
  Let my spirit feel in death
That her feet are firmly set
  On the rock of a living faith!
        For little children everywhere
  A joyous season still we make;
We bring our precious gifts to them,
  Even for the dear child Jesus’ sake.
        For those roses bright, oh, those roses bright!
  I have twined them in my sister’s locks
That are hid in the dust from sight.
        No thought within her bosom stirs,
  But wakes some feeling dark and dread;
God keep thee from a doom like hers,
  Of living when the hopes are dead.
        O years, gone down into the past,
What pleasant memories come to me
Of your untroubled days of peace,
And hours almost of ecstasy.
        There are eyes half defiant,
Half meek and compliant;
Black eyes, with a wondrous, witching charm
To bring us good or to work us harm.
  Women are only told that they resemble angels when they are young and beautiful; consequently, it is their persons, not their virtues, that procure them homage.  8

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