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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
VIII. Victory
To my Friend F. A. B.
By Beatrice Cregan
Died August 31, 1911

    PALE as a pearl you were,
And dark the still, soft midnight of your hair,
  My woman friend, so loved, so rare.
    Wealth of your heart and brain,
Insight and humour, lore of books and men,        5
  You spent them all to ease my pain.
    Your beauty-loving eyes
Read deeper than a man’s: you knew to prize
  The wandering stars of darkened skies.
    A man’s love comes—and goes,        10
It marks where beauty ebbs—or flows:
  Only a woman loves, and stays—and knows.

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