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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1542. Love and Life
 
By Julie Mathilde Lippmann
 
 
“GIVE me a fillet, Love,” quoth I,
“To bind my Sweeting’s heart to me,
So ne’er a chance of earth or sky
Shall part us ruthlessly:
A fillet, Love, but not to chafe        5
My Sweeting’s soul, to cause her pain;
But just to bind her close and safe
Through snow and blossom sun and rain:
      A fillet, boy!”
      Love said, “Here ’s joy.”        10
 
“Give me a fetter, Life,” quoth I,
“To bind to mine my Sweeting’s heart,
So Death himself must fail to pry
With Time the two apart:
A fetter, Life, that each shall wear,        15
Whose precious bondage each shall know.
I prithee, Life, no more forbear—
Why dost thou wait and falter so?
      Haste, Life—be brief!”
      Said Life:—“Here ’s grief.”        20
 

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