Littell's Living Age/Volume 136/Issue 1760/At the Last

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Come once, just once, dear love, when I am dead —
     Ah, God! I would it were this hour, tonight —
And look your last upon the frozen face
     That was to you a summer's brief delight.

The silent lips will not entreat you then,
     Nor the eyes vex you with unwelcome tears;
The low, sad voice will utter no complaint,
     Nor the heart tremble with its restless fears.

I shall he still — you will forgive me then
     For all that I have been, or failed to be:
Say, as you look, "Poor heart, she loved me well,
     No other love will be so true to me"

Then bend and kiss the lips that will not speak —
     One little kiss for all the dear, dead days —
Say once, "God rest her soul!" then go in peace,
     No haunting ghost shall meet you in your ways.

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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.