A Dedication. To Charlotte Cushman

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As Love will carve dear names upon a tree,
Symbol of gravure on his heart to be,

So thought I thine with loving text to set
In the growth and substance of my canzonet;

But, writing it, my tears begin to fall—
This wild-rose stem for thy large name’s too small!

Nay, still my trembling hands are fain, are fain
Cut the good letters though they lap again;

Perchance such folk as mark the blur and stain
Will say, ‘It was the beating of the rain;’

Or, haply these o’er-woundings of the stem
May loose some little balm, to plead for them.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.