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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
 
My Other Me
By Grace Denio Litchfield (1849–1944)
 
[Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., 1849. Died in Goshen, N. Y., 1944.]

CHILDREN, do you ever,
  In walks by land or sea,
Meet a little maiden
  Long time lost to me?
 
She is gay and gladsome,        5
  Has a laughing face,
And a heart as sunny;
  And her name is Grace.
 
Naught she knows of sorrow,
  Naught of doubt or blight;        10
Heaven is just above her—
  All her thoughts are white.
 
Long time since I lost her,
  That other Me of mine;
She crossed into Time’s shadow        15
  Out of Youth’s sunshine.
 
Now the darkness keeps her;
  And call her as I will,
The years that lie between us
  Hide her from me still.        20
 
I am dull and pain-worn,
  And lonely as can be—
Oh, children, if you meet her,
  Send back my other Me!
 
 
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