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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Phoebe Cary. 1824–1871
 
155. Alas!
 
SINCE, if you stood by my side to-day, 
  Only our hands could meet, 
What matter that half the weary world 
  Lies between our feet; 
  
That I am here by the lonesome sea,         5
  You by the pleasant Rhine?— 
Our hearts were just as far apart 
  If I held your hand in mine! 
  
Therefore, with never a backward glance, 
  I leave the past behind;  10
And standing here by the sea alone, 
  I give it to the wind. 
  
I give it all to the cruel wind, 
  And I have no word to say; 
Yet, alas! to be as we have been,  15
  And to be as we are to-day! 
 
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