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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
In Farewell
By Anna Katherine (Green) Rohlfs (1846–1935)
I MET thee, dear, and loved thee—yet we part,
  Thou on thine unknown way and I on mine,
Ere yet the music of my woman’s heart
  Has had full time to harmonize with thine.
Yet since the strain begun has seemed so sweet,        5
  Forgive me if I dare to proffer thee
This echo from the depths where all complete
  Trembles the soul’s perfected melody.
  Jewels I have not, else for memory
Would I bestow them on the friend I love,        10
But tears and smiles, and the sweet thoughts that move
The heart by day and night, such, such to thee
I give in these poor lines as lavishly
As summer winds yield fragrance when they blow
Up from a vale where countless roses grow.        15

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