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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
III. Prophetical Self-reflected Words
By Alexander Smith (1830–1867)
I WROTE a name upon the river sands
With her who bore it standing by my side,
Her large dark eyes lit up with gentle pride,
And leaning on my arm with claspéd hands;
To burning words of mine she thus replied,        5
“Nay, write not on thy heart. This tablet frail
Fitteth as frail a vow. Fantastic bands
Will scarce confine these limbs.” I turned love-pale,
I gazed upon the rivered landscape wide,
And thought how little it would all avail        10
Without her love. ’T was on a morn of May,
Within a month I stood upon the sand;
Gone was the name I traced with trembling hand,—
And from my heart ’t was also gone away.

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