Mine and Thine (1904)/The Difference

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For works with similar titles, see The Difference.
For other versions of this work, see The Difference (Coates).

This poem was not included in Mrs. Coates' collected Poems (1916, in 2 vols.).

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Had Henley died, his course half run—
Had Henley died, and Stevenson
Been left on earth, of him to write,
He would have chosen to indite
His name in generous phrase—or none.

No envious humor, cold and dun,
Had marred the vesture he had spun,
All luminous, to clothe his knight—
Had Henley died!

Ah, well! at rest—poor Stevenson!—
Safe in our hearts his place is won.
There love shall still his love requite,
His faults divinely veiled from sight,
Whose tears had fallen in benison,
Had Henley died!