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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
750. What the Bullet Sang
 
By Francis Bret Harte
 
 
O JOY of creation
        To be!
O rapture to fly
        And be free!
Be the battle lost or won,        5
Though its smoke shall hide the sun,
I shall find my love,—the one
        Born for me!
 
I shall know him where he stands,
        All alone,        10
With the power in his hands
        Not o’erthrown;
I shall know him by his face,
By his godlike front and grace;
I shall hold him for a space,        15
        All my own!
 
It is he—O my love!
        So bold!
It is I—all thy love
        Foretold!        20
It is I. O love! what bliss!
Dost thou answer to my kiss?
O sweetheart! what is this
        Lieth there so cold?
 

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