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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
A Flower of the First
By Charles S. Aiken
WHAT is that? It’s only a rosebud;
  ’Twas caught as I marched from camp,
As red as the red of her heart’s blood—
  Tears made its petals so damp.
Who threw it? I can guess the maiden;        5
  What matters her name to you?
For with love that flower is laden;
  It says: “Eyes of blue—be true!”
Did she speak? Not a word, just tossed it.
  I’d seen her the night before—        10
It fell, and she thought I’d lost it;
  And cried, for she had no more.
To press it? Never mind—don’t chaff me;
  Love weighs some flowers with dew;
Ah, sweet, red blossom, with tears we        15
  Whisper: “Eyes of brown—be true!”

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