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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
975. Many Things Thou Hast Given Me, Dear Heart
 
By Alice Wellington Rollins
 
 
MANY things thou hast given me, dear heart;
But one thing thou hast taken: that high dream
Of heaven as of a country that should seem
Beyond all glory that divinest art
Has pictured:—with this I have had to part        5
Since knowing thee;—how long, love, will the gleam
Of each day’s sunlight on my pathway stream,
Richer than what seemed richest at the start?
Make my days happy, love; yet I entreat
Make not each happier than the last for me;        10
Lest heaven itself should dawn to me, complete
In joy, not the surprise I dreamed ’t would be,
But simply as the natural and sweet
Continuance of days spent here with thee.
 

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