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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Song
 
Margaret Steele Anderson
 
 
THE BRIDE, she wears a white, white rose—the plucking it was mine;
The poet wears a laurel wreath—and I the laurel twine;
And oh, the child, your little child, that’s clinging close to you,
It laughs to wear my violets—they are so sweet and blue!
 
And I, I have a wreath to wear—ah, never rue nor thorn!        5
I sometimes think that bitter wreath could be more sweetly worn!
For mine is made of ghostly bloom, of what I can’t forget—
The fallen leaves of other crowns—rose, laurel, violet!
 

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