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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
 
Despondency
By Arlo Bates (1850–1918)
 
[Born in East Machias, Me., 1850. Died in Boston, Mass., 1918.]

SPRING comes with soft caress,
  And paints thy cheek
  And perfumes thy long hair,
That dead thou may’st be fair.
 
Then summer brings her buds        5
  And wealth of leaves,
  That in the dusty tomb
Thy grave-clothes lack not bloom.
 
Autumn gives store of fruit
  And goodly cheer,        10
  That thy funereal feast
Shall not be scant, at least.
 
And winter brings a shroud,—
  Last gift to thee;
  Cover the grave-mound high;        15
Thou wert born, sweet, to die!
 
 
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