The day will dawn when one of us shall hearken
    In vain to hear a voice that has grown dumb;
And morns will fade, noons pale, and shadows darken,
    While sad eyes watch for feet that never come.
One of us two must sometime face existence
    Alone with memories that but sharpen pain,
And these sweet days shall shine back in the distance,
    Like dreams of summer dawns in nights of rain.
One of us two, with tortured heart half broken,
    Shall read long-treasured letters thro' salt tears;
Shall kiss with anguished lips each cherished token
    That speaks of these love-crowned, delicious years
One of us two shall find all light, all beauty,
    All joy on earth, a tale forever done;
Shall know henceforth that life means only duty--
    O God ! O God ! have pity on that one!
                                   Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

The News and Observer [Raleigh, N. C.] 22 Jul. 1886: 3.

Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.

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