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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
 
The Rosary
By Robert Cameron Rogers
 
THE HOURS I spent with thee, dear heart,
  Are as a string of pearls to me:
I count them over every one apart,
  My Rosary, my Rosary.
 
Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer,        5
  To still a heart in absence wrung:
I tell each bead unto the end,
  And there a cross is hung!
 
O memories that bless and burn!
  O barren gain and bitter loss!        10
I kiss each bead, and strive at last to learn
  To kiss the cross; sweetheart! to kiss the cross.
 
 
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