Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
Some Day of Days
By Nora Perry (1831–1896)
[Born in Dudley, Mass., 1831. Died there, 1896. After the Ball, and Other Poems. 1875.]

SOME day, some day of days, threading the street
      With idle, heedless pace,
      Unlooking for such grace,
      I shall behold your face!
Some day, some day of days, thus may we meet.        5
Perchance the sun may shine from skies of May,
      Or winter’s icy chill
      Touch whitely vale and hill.
      What matter? I shall thrill
Through every vein with summer on that day.        10
Once more life’s perfect youth will all come back,
      And for a moment there
      I shall stand fresh and fair,
      And drop the garment care;
Once more my perfect youth will nothing lack.        15
I shut my eyes now, thinking how ’twill be,—
      How face to face each soul
      Will slip its long control,
      Forget the dismal dole
Of dreary Fate’s dark separating sea;        20
And glance to glance, and hand to hand in greeting,
      The past with all its fears,
      Its silences and tears,
      Its lonely, yearning years,
Shall vanish in the moment of that meeting.        25

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