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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
77. The Brothers
 
By Charles Sprague
 
 
WE are but two—the others sleep
  Through death’s untroubled night;
We are but two—O, let us keep
  The link that binds us bright.
 
Heart leaps to heart—the sacred flood        5
  That warms us is the same;
That good old man—his honest blood
  Alike we fondly claim.
 
We in one mother’s arms were locked—
  Long be her love repaid;        10
In the same cradle we were rocked,
  Round the same hearth we played.
 
Our boyish sports were all the same,
  Each little joy and woe;—
Let manhood keep alive the flame,        15
  Lit up so long ago.
 
We are but two—be that the band
  To hold us till we die;
Shoulder to shoulder let us stand,
  Till side by side we lie.        20
 

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