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First Line: O touch me with your hands
Last Line: He touched her with his hands.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Hands; Hearts; Sleep


O TOUCH me with your hands --
For pity's sake!
My brow throbs ever on with such an ache
As only your cool touch may take away;
And so, I pray
You, touch me with your hands!

Touch -- touch me with your hands. --
Smooth back the hair
You once caressed, and kissed, and called so fair
That I did dream its gold would wear alway,
And lo, to-day --
O touch me with your hands!

Just touch me with your hands,
And let them press
My weary eyelids with the old caress,
Aud lull me till I sleep. Then go your way,
That Death may say:
He touched her with his hands.





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