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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
 
Our Own
By Margaret Elizabeth Sangster (1838–1912)
 
[Born in New Rochelle, N. Y. 1838. Died in Glen Ridge, N. J., 1912. Poems of the Household. 1882.—Home Fairies and Heart Flowers. 1887.]

IF I had known in the morning
    How wearily all the day
      The words unkind
      Would trouble my mind,
    I said when you went away,        5
I had been more careful, darling,
    Nor given you needless pain;
      But we vex “our own”
      With look and tone
    We might never take back again.        10
 
For though in the quiet evening
    You may give me the kiss of peace,
      Yet well it might be
      That never for me
    The pain of the heart should cease.        15
How many go forth in the morning
    Who never come at night;
      And hearts have broken
      For harsh words spoken,
    That sorrow can ne’er set right.        20
 
We have careful thought for the stranger,
    And smiles for the sometime guest,
      But oft for “our own”
      The bitter tone,
    Though we love our own the best.        25
Ah! lip with the curve impatient;
    Ah! brow with that look of scorn,
      ’Twere a cruel fate
      Were the night too late
    To undo the work of morn.        30
 
 
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