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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
176. To Giulia Grisi
 
By Nathaniel Parker Willis
 
 
WHEN the rose is brightest,
  Its bloom will soonest die;
When burns the meteor brightest,
  ’T will vanish from the sky.
If Death but wait until delight        5
  O’errun the heart like wine,
And break the cup when brimming quite,
I die—for thou hast poured to-night
  The last drop into mine.
 

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