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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Place in Thy Memory, Dearest
By Gerald Griffin (1803–1840)
 
A PLACE in thy memory, dearest,
  Is all that I claim:
To pause and look back when thou hearest
  The sound of my name.
Another may woo thee, nearer,        5
  Another may win and wear;
I care not though he be dearer,
  If I am remembered there.
 
Remember me—not as a lover
  Whose hope was crossed,        10
Whose bosom can never recover
  The light it hath lost:
As the young bride remembers the mother
  She loves, though she never may see,
As a sister remembers a brother,        15
  O dearest! remember me.
 
Could I be thy true lover, dearest,
  Couldst thou smile on me,
I would be the fondest and nearest
  That ever loved thee!        20
But a cloud on my pathway is glooming
  That never must burst upon thine;
And Heaven, that made thee all blooming,
  Ne’er made thee to wither on mine.
 
Remember me, then! oh remember        25
  My calm, light love;
Though bleak as the blasts of November
  My life may prove,
That life will, though lonely, be sweet,
  If its brightest enjoyment should be        30
A smile and kind word when we meet,
  And a place in thy memory.
 
 
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