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THE ROSARY, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: The hours I spent with thee, dear heart
Last Line: To kiss the cross.
Subject(s): Rosary

THE hours I spent with thee, dear heart,
Are as a string of pearls to me;
I count them over, every one apart,
My rosary.

Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer,
To still a heart in absence wrung;
I tell each bead unto the end and there
A cross is hung.

Oh memories that bless -- and burn!
Oh barren gain -- and bitter loss!
I kiss each bead, and strive at last to learn
To kiss the cross,
To kiss the cross.

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