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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
 
The Bergamot
By William Wallace Harney (1831–1912)
 
WE had no other gift to give
  But just one withering flower;
We had no other lives to live,
  But just that sweet half-hour,—
So small, so sweet, its freight of musk        5
Made fragrant all life’s after-dusk.
 
For this the summers toiled and spun,
  With fairy fingers silken shot,
Till moonlight’s milky thread were run,
  In the scented, creamy bergamot,        10
That gave one dear, remembered hour,
The fragrance of the orange-flower.
 
Through love and parting, this remains,
  A memory, like its faint perfume,
More dear than all life’s loss and gains        15
  About a withering orange-bloom,
Whose fading leaves of dusky green
Do show how sweet life might have been.
 
 
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