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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
 
“I Count my Time by Times that I meet Thee”
By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
 
I COUNT my time by times that I meet thee;
  These are my yesterdays, my morrows, noons
  And nights; these my old moons and my new moons.
  Slow fly the hours, or fast the hours do flee,
If thou art far from or art near to me:        5
  If thou art far, the birds’ tunes are no tunes;
  If thou art near, the wintry days are Junes,—
  Darkness is light, and sorrow cannot be.
Thou art my dream come true, and thou my dream,
  The air I breathe, the world wherein I dwell;        10
  My journey’s end thou art, and thou the way;
Thou art what I would be, yet only seem;
  Thou art my heaven and thou art my hell;
  Thou art my ever-living judgment day.
 
 
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