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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Blind Louise
By George W. Dewey (1818–1896)
 
[Born in Baltimore, Md., 1818. Died, 1896. From Griswold’s “Poets and Poetry of America.” 1842.]

SHE knew that she was growing blind—
  Foresaw the dreary night
That soon would fall, without a star,
  Upon her fading sight;
 
Yet never did she make complaint,        5
  But prayed each day might bring
A beauty to her waning eyes,
  The loveliness of Spring!
 
She dreaded that eclipse which might
  Perpetually enclose        10
Sad memories of a leafless world,
  A spectral realm of snows.
 
She’d rather that the verdure left
  An evergreen to shine
Within her heart, as summer leaves        15
  Its memory on the pine.
 
She had her wish: for when the sun
  O’erhung his eastern towers,
And shed his benediction on
  A world of May-time flowers,        20
 
We found her seated, as of old,
  In her accustomed place,
A midnight in her sightless eyes,
  And morn upon her face!
 
 
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