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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Edith and Harold
By Arthur Gray Butler (1831–1909)
I KNOW it will not ease the smart;
  I know it will increase the pain;
’Tis torture to a wounded heart;
  Yet, O! to see him once again.
Tho’ other lips be press’d to his,        5
  And other arms about him twine,
And tho’ another reign in bliss
  In that true heart that once was mine;
Yet, O! I cry it in my grief,
  I cry it blindly in my pain,        10
I know it will not bring relief,
  Yet O! to see him once again.

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