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ROM this fair point of present bliss,

Where we together stand,

Let me look back once more, and trace That long and desert land, Wherein till now was cast my lot, and I could live,

and thou wert not.

Strange that my heart could beat, and know

Alternate joy and pain,
That suns could roll from east to west,

And clouds could pass in rain,
And the slow hours without thee fleet, nor stay

their noiseless silver feet.

What had I then? a Hope, that grew

Each hour more bright and dear, The flush upon the eastern skies

That showed the sun was near :Now night has faded far away, my sun has risen,

and it is day

A dim Ideal of tender grace

In my soul reigned supreme; Too noble and too sweet I thought

To live, save in a dreamWithin thy heart to-day it lies, and looks on me

from thy dear eyes.

Some gentle spirit,-Lote I thought,

Built many a shrine of pain;
Though each false Idol fell to dust

The worship was not vain,
But a faint radiant shadow cast back from our

the Past.

And Grief, too, held her vigil there ;

With unrelenting sway
Breaking my cloudy visions down,

Throwing my flowers away
I owe to her fond care alone that I may now be

all thine own.

Fair Joy was there—her fluttering wings

At times she strove to raise ;
Watching through long and patient nights,

Listening long eager days:
I know now that her heart and mine were waiting,

Love, to welcome thine.

Thus I can read thy name throughout,

And, now her task is done,
Can see that even that faded Past

Was thine, beloved one,
And so rejoice my Life may be all consecrated,

dear, to thee.




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