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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
A Friendship
By Sophie Jewett (“Ellen Burroughs”) (1861–1909)
SMALL fellowship of daily commonplace
  We hold together, dear, constrained to go
  Diverging ways. Yet day by day I know
  My life is sweeter for thy life’s sweet grace;
And if we meet but for a moment’s space,        5
  Thy touch, thy word, sets all the world aglow.
  Faith soars serener, haunting doubts shrink low,
  Abashed before the sunshine of thy face.
Nor press of crowd, nor waste of distance serves
  To part us. Every hush of evening brings        10
  Some hint of thee, true-hearted friend of mine;
And as the farther planet thrills and swerves
  When towards it through the darkness Saturn swings,
  Even so my spirit feels the spell of thine.

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