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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
 
A Valentine, Unsent
 
Margaret Perry
 
 
STAY, flaming rose, ’twould grieve her heart
  To see you fade away,
Unloved, unwelcome and apart
  From every joy to-day.
 
Once long ago your tale was new,        5
  Days distant yet so dear;
Why say her lover still is true,
  When that is all her fear?
 
Why thus recall another’s pain,
  Her tender heart to fret?        10
Best let her think he loves again,
  Who never can forget!
 

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