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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Horæ Amoris: Songs and Sonnets (1903)
II. The Heart-chamber
By Rosa Newmarch (1857–1940)
 
GIVE me within your heart a little space,
  Where only I may come,
And make myself a dwelling-place,
  Who have no other home.
 
But which among the chambers of your heart        5
  May unto me belong,—
The quiet study, where you dream apart
  And turn your dreams to song?
 
Or closely-curtain’d alcove, set aside
  For prayerful whispers low?        10
Or perfumed guest-room, with its doors flung wide,
  Where all may come and go?
 
Not these, nor yet the chapel, built above,
  Before whose inner shrine
You ministered long years unto a love        15
  Whose image was not mine.
 
But ah! your place of sorrows, dear—the room
  You enter soon or late,
Give me the key, that in its inner gloom
  I may abide and wait.        20
 
 
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