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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Gerald Griffin 1803–40

A Place in Thy Memory

A PLACE in thy memory, Dearest!

Is all that I claim:

To pause and look back when thou hearest

The sound of my name.

Another may woo thee, nearer;

Another may win and wear;

I care not though he be dearer,

If I am remember’d there.

Remember me, not as a lover

Whose hope was cross’d,

Whose bosom can never recover

The light it hath lost!

As the young bride remembers the mother

She loves, though she never may see,

As a sister remembers a brother,

O Dearest, remember me!

Could I be thy true lover, Dearest!

Couldst thou smile on me,

I would be the fondest and dearest

That ever lov’d thee:

But a cloud on my pathway is glooming

That never must burst upon thine;

And heaven, that made thee all blooming,

Ne’er made thee to wither on mine.

Remember me then! O remember

My calm light love,

Though bleak as the blasts of November

My life may prove!

That life will, though lonely, be sweet

If its brightest enjoyment should be

A smile and kind word when we meet

And a place in thy memory.