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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
 
Quatrains
By Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
 
MASKS.

BLACK Tragedy lets slip her grim disguise
And shows you laughing lips and roguish eyes;
But when, unmasked, gay Comedy appears,
’Tis ten to one you find the girl in tears.
 
MEMORIES.

TWO things there are with Memory will abide—
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Whatever else befall—while life flows by:
That soft cold hand-touch at the altar side;
The thrill that shook you at your child’s first cry.
 
 
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