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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

George Parsons Lathrop (1851–1898)

The Heart of a Song

DEAR love, let this my song fly to you;

Perchance forget it came from me.

It shall not vex you, shall not woo you,

But in your breast lie quietly.

Only beware—when once it tarries,

I cannot coax it from you then:

This little song my whole heart carries,

And ne’er will bear it back again.

For if its silent passion grieve you,

My heart would then too heavy grow;—

And it can never, never leave you,

If joy of yours must with it go!