Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE RIVAL, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: I so loved once, when death came by I hid
Last Line: In love with death, not me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Competition; Death; Love; Dead, The
I SO loved once, when Death came by I hid
Away my face,
And all my sweetheart's tresses she undid
To make my hiding-place.
The dread shade passed me thus unheeding; and
I turned me then
To calm my love -- kiss down her shielding hand
And comfort her again.
And lo! she answered not: And she did sit
With her fair face and the sweet smile of it,
In love with Death, not me.
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