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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XXXII. Visions
‘If she but knew’
By Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy (1844–1881)
IF she but knew that I am weeping
        Still for her sake,
That love and sorrow grow with keeping
        Till they must break
My heart that breaking will adore her,        5
        Be hers and die;
If she might hear me once implore her,
        Would she not sigh?
If she did but know that it would save me
        Her voice to hear,        10
Saying she pitied me, forgave me,
        Must she forbear?
If she were told that I was dying,
        Would she be dumb?
Could she content herself with sighing?        15
        Would she not come?

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