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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1490. The Rosary
 
By Robert Cameron Rogers
 
 
THE HOURS I spent with thee, dear heart,
  Are as a string of pearls to me;
I count them over, every one apart,
          My rosary.
 
Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer,        5
  To still a heart in absence wrung;
I tell each bead unto the end and there
          A cross is hung.
 
Oh memories that bless—and burn!
  Oh barren gain—and bitter loss!        10
I kiss each bead, and strive at last to learn
          To kiss the cross,
            Sweetheart,
                To kiss the cross.
 

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