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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1721. Cameos
 
By Jeannette Bliss Gillespy
 
 
1
A VALENTINE

THE WISE forget, dear heart;
  They leave the past
And play the hero’s part,
  Brave to the last.
 
They weep not nor regret,        5
  Calm are their eyes.
Dear heart, the wise forget.—
  I am not wise!
 
2
FORGIVEN?

I SAW Love stand,
  Not as he was ere we in conflict met,        10
But pale and wan. I knelt—I caught his hand—
“O Love,” I cried, “I did not understand!
  Forgive—forget!”
 
Love raised his head
  And smiled at me, with weary eyes and worn.        15
“I have forgot—what was it all?” he said;
“Only—my hands are scarred where they have bled;
  My wings are torn.”
 

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