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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
 
Then shall I Triumph
By Charles de Kay (1848–1935)
 
[From The Love Poems of Louis Barnaval. 1883.]

WHEN we are touched by wrinkled age
  Your bosom, now ineffable
As God’s most pure, unwritten page,
  No longer glorious in swell,
War on the ravished eyes will wage        5
  Nor still of other beauties tell.
Your lips will pinch, your neck turn sallow,
  Your eyesight fail and cheeks grow hollow.
 
Then shall I triumph, then those lips
  I’ll press with bliss by so much clearer        10
As from your frame the beauty slips
  And to your eyes the soul is nearer.
Thus have you seen of seaworn ships
  Crumbled in wreck the lifelong steerer
Feel for the hulk more love and pride        15
  Then e’er for yachts that brave the tide.
 
 
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