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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
881. Disarmed
 
By Laura Redden Searing (“Howard Glyndon”)
 
 
O LOVE, so sweet at first.
  So bitter in the end!
Thou canst be fiercest foe,
  As well as fairest friend.
Are these poor withered leaves        5
  The fruitage of thy May?
Thou that wert strong to save,
  How art thou swift to slay!
 
Ay, thou art swift to slay,
  Despite thy kiss and clasp,        10
Thy long, caressing look,
  Thy subtle, thrilling grasp!
Ay, swifter far to slay
  Than thou art strong to save,
And selfish in thy need,        15
  And cruel as the grave.
 
Yes, cruel as the grave,—
  Go, go, and come no more!
But canst thou set my heart
  Just where it was before?        20
Go, go,—and come no more!
  Go, leave me with my tears,
The only gift of thine
  That shall outlive the years.
 
Yet shall outlive the years        25
  One other, cherished thing,
Slight as a vagrant plume
  Shed from some passing wing:—
The memory of thy first
  Divine, half-timid kiss.        30
Go! I forgive thee all
  In weeping over this!
 

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