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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Lyrics (1891)
I. The Dead Friend
By A. Mary F. Robinson-Darmesteter (1857–1944)
 
WHEN you were alive, at least,
  There were days I never met you.
In the study, at the feast,
  By the hearth, I could forget you.
 
Moods there were of many days        5
  When, methinks, I did not mind you.
Now, oh now, in any place
  Wheresoe’er I go, I find you!
 
You … but how profoundly changed,
  O you dear-belov’d dead woman!        10
Made mysterious and estranged,
  All-pervading, superhuman.
 
Ah! to meet you as of yore,
  Kind, alert, and quick to laughter:
You, the friend I loved Before;        15
  Not this tragic friend of After.
 
 
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