Into my home's undivided light
She brought a lustre of her own.
As some June morning seems more bright
After a rose has blown.
We planned to entertain a friend
But we were entertained instead.
The fabled graces seemed to lend
A charm to all she said.
With the first clasping of her hand
I felt new strength within me stir,
As if some force unseen and grand
was sent to me thro' her.
And when she went the strength remained
Her influence like a perfume stays
Still am I cheered and entertained
Thro' sweet continued days.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Meriden Ct. [1884-1887]
Gertrude Garrison Papers (A/G 241)
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute.
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