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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
To ——.
“I love thee for thyself,—thyself alone”
By Maria (White) Lowell (1821–1853)
I LOVE thee for thyself,—thyself alone;
For that great soul, whose breath most full and rare
Shall to Humanity a message bear,
Flooding their dreary waste with organ tone;
The Truth that in thine eyes holds starry throne        5
And coins the words that issue from thy lips,
Heroic courage that meets no eclipse,
And humbler virtues on thy pathway strewn,—
These love I so, that if they swift uprise
To sure fulfilment in more perfect spheres,        10
Still will I listen underneath the skies
For thy new song, with seldom dropping tears,
And midst my daily tasks of love will wait
The angel Death—Guardian of Heaven’s gate.
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