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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
The Grave of Rose
By John James Piatt (1835–1917)
 
I CAME to find her blithe and bright,
  Breathing the household full of bloom,
Wreathing the fireside with delight;—
  I found her in her tomb!
 
I came to find her gathering flowers—        5
  Their fragrant souls, so pure and dear,
Haunting her face in lonely hours;—
  Her single flower is here!
 
For, look: the gentle name that shows
  Her love, her loveliness, and bloom        10
(Her only epitaph a rose),
  Is growing on her tomb!
 
 
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