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THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

Copyright, 1887,
BY EDITH M. TIIOMAS.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A.
Electrotyped and Printed by H. 0. Houghton & Ccmpany.
TO MY DEAR MOTHER.

Thou smilest that my childhood's dreaming thought
So blent thee with the beauty of God's world
That those deep morning lilies dew-impearled,
And jonquils clear with vernal wildness fraught
(In the old lost garden where thy hand had wrought),
And dove-plumes of an evening cloud soft curled,
And star-sheen to the bland night wind unfurled,
Some touch of thy fair tenderness had caught.
Later the world of all things excellent,
As once of lovely, moved round thee; and still
Whene'er I hear the praise of Truth, Good-Will,
High Hope, and Courage by no tempest bent,
I can but think these names for thee were meant,
And thou art Love, else hath my heart no skill !

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