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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1869 edition. Excerpt: ... OH, AMIABLE, LOVELY DEATH "' I HE Spring
was cold and tardy; with the.. Summer came a lingering blight; now
it is Autumn the flowers bloom. "From the garden rises a heavy
odour, the scent of flowers or of wine; is it of the rose?" "No she
is long ago faded." "It is of the clove, that says, 'Love was given
me for a treasure; I guarded it well, and lo, it has broken my
heart.'" "Are these the trailing wreaths of the woodbine, the
wood-bine warm and dusk as a night of summer that crept through and
through the blossomed hedge-rows, wooing the sweet-brier to her
clasp?" "These are the tendrils of the passion-flower, dim of hue
and scentless, the passion-flower that loves but does not woo; she
carries in her heart the tokens of an eternal torture." "What is
this fair blossom that floats downward so lightly? did it fall from
the almond-scented hawthorn that the children loitered in the lanes
to gather? they brought it home in boughs and garlands." "It fell
from the death-struck jessamine, loosened from its dark foliage;
wouldst thou carry its spray in thy hand, or wear it awhile on thy
bosom? the flowers drop to earth like falling stars. "Yet thou art
fair, my garden; bloom, bloom out thy little hour, soon the Winter
comes. "Let the sworded lilies, blood-red, death-pale, flash in the
broad light of noon, and let the sunflower droop upon its golden
stalk." I Heard a sound as of a parting that was all but eternal,
of sobs and of farewell kisses, and through them all went a sigh so
deep that no other sigh could follow it. I saw a tear gather slowly
beneath a darkening; OH, AMIABLE, LOVELY DEATH 31 eyelid; but
before it fell, it was wiped away by the hand of God. The spirit
hung for a moment above the clay it was deserting; it was free, it
was happy, yet...
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