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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
615. A Sigh
 
By Harriet Prescott Spofford
 
 
IT was nothing but a rose I gave her,—
  Nothing but a rose
Any wind might rob of half its savor,
  Any wind that blows.
 
When she took it from my trembling fingers        5
  With a hand as chill,—
Ah, the flying touch upon them lingers,
  Stays, and thrills them still!
 
Withered, faded, pressed between the pages,
  Crumpled fold on fold,—        10
Once it lay upon her breast, and ages
  Cannot make it old!
 

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