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WHEN SHE COMES HOME, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When she comes home again! A thousand ways
Last Line: Again is hidden in the old embrace.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Home; Kisses; Love; Tears


WHEN she comes home again! A thousand ways
I fashion, to myself, the tenderness
Of my glad welcome: I shall tremble --
yes;
And touch her, as when first in the old days
I touched her girlish hand, nor dared upraise
Mine eyes, such was my faint heart's sweet distress.
Then silence: and the perfume of her dress:
The room will sway a little, and a haze
Cloy eyesight -- soulsight, even -- for a space;
And tears -- yes; and the ache here in the throat;
To know that I so ill deserve the place
Her arms make for me; and the sobbing note
I stay with kisses, ere the tearful face
Again is hidden in the old embrace.





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