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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. V: Literature of the Republic, Part II., 1821–1834
 
Song of Egla
By Maria Gowen Brooks (Maria del Occidente) (1794?–1845)
 
[From Zóphiël; or, The Bride of Seven. By Maria del Occidente. 1833.—Edited by Zadel Barnes Gustafson. 1879.]

DAY in melting purple dying,
Blossoms all around me sighing,
Fragrance from the lilies straying,
Zephyr with my ringlets playing,
        Ye but waken my distress:        5
        I am sick of loneliness.
 
Thou to whom I love to hearken,
Come ere night around me darken:
Though thy softness but deceive me,
Say thou’rt true, and I’ll believe thee.        10
        Veil, if ill, thy soul’s intent:
        Let me think it innocent!
 
Save thy toiling, spare thy treasure:
All I ask is friendship’s pleasure:
Let the shining ore lie darkling;        15
Bring no gem in lustre sparkling;
        Gifts and gold are nought to me:
        I would only look on thee;
 
Tell to thee the high-wrought feeling,
Ecstasy but in revealing;        20
Paint to thee the deep sensation,
Rapture in participation,
        Yet but torture, if comprest
        In a lone unfriended breast.
 
Absent still? Ah, come and bless me!        25
Let these eyes again caress thee.
Once, in caution, I could fly thee.
Now I nothing could deny thee.
        In a look if death there be,
        Come, and I will gaze on thee!        30
 
 
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