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HOPE DEFERRED, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: I've closed my book of hope, love
Last Line: I think you'll understand.
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism

I'VE closed my book of hope, love,
And folded down the page;
I'll read no more therein, love,
Until some quiet age
When paler dreams than these, love,
My chastened heart engage.
I'm going far away, love,
Where no vain wish may thrive;
Where hope may lie quite still, love,
Deep buried, yet alive!
And there I'll live alone, love,
Till serer years arrive.
If then I should return, love,
From yon forgotten strand,
And -- your dear form all bent, love, --
You greet me, hand to hand;
If then our eyes should meet, love,
I think you'll understand.

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