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LINES WRITTEN UNDER A PICTURE OF A GIRL BURNING LOVE LETTER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I took the scroll: I could not brook
Last Line: I fear'd it was love's history.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Letters; Love - Complaints


The lines were fill'd with many a tender thing,
All the impassion'd heart's fond communing.

I TOOK the scroll: I could not brook
An eye to gaze on it save mine;
I could not bear another's look
Should dwell upon one thought of thine.
My lamp was burning by my side,
I held thy letter to the flame,
I mark'd the blaze swift o'er it glide,
It did not even spare thy name.
Soon the light from the embers past,
I felt so sad to see it die,
So bright at first, so dark at last,
I fear'd it was love's history.





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