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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Song: ‘Your heart is a music-box’

By Frances Sargent Osgood (1811–1850)

[From Poems. Illustrated Edition. 1850.]

YOUR heart is a music-box, dearest!

With exquisite tunes at command,

Of melody sweetest and clearest,

If tried by a delicate hand;

But its workmanship, love, is so fine,

At a single rude touch it would break;

Then, oh! be the magic key mine,

Its fairy-like whispers to wake.

And there’s one little tune it can play,

That I fancy all others above—

You learned it of Cupid one day—

It begins with and ends with “I love!” “I love!”

My heart echoes to it “I love!”