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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
129. The Rival
 
By James Whitcomb Riley
 
 
I SO loved once, when Death came by I hid
    Away my face,
And all my sweetheart’s tresses she undid
    To make my hiding-place.
 
The dread shade passed me thus unheeding; and        5
    I turned me then
To calm my love—kiss down her shielding hand
    And comfort her again.
 
And lo! she answered not: and she did sit
    All fixedly,        10
With her fair face and the sweet smile of it,
    In love with Death, not me.
 

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