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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Richard Watson Gilder. (1844–1909)
 
 
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    Not from the whole wide world I chose thee,
  Sweetheart, light of the land and the sea!
The wide, wide world could not inclose thee,
  For thou art the whole wide world to me.
          Song.
2
    Through love to light! Oh wonderful the way
That leads from darkness to the perfect day!
          After-song.
3
    I am a woman—therefore I may not
Call to him, cry to him,
Fly to him,
Bid him delay not.
          A Woman’s Thought.
4
    O white and midnight sky, O starry bath,
  Wash me in thy pure, heavenly crystal flood:
  Cleanse me, ye stars, from earthly soil and scath—
  Let not one taint remain in spirit or blood!
          The celestial Passion.
 

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