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TO AN ABSENT FRIEND, by            
First Line: The day thy happy path crossed mine it seemed
Last Line: Thou inspiration art eternally.
Subject(s): Absence; Friendship; Separation; Isolation


THE day thy happy path crossed mine it seemed
As though I came from out a desert land,
Leaving behind the dusty miles of sand,
And stood me where a green oasis gleamed
With sparkling springs: — I thought that I had dreamed
Of all the lengths of desert I had spanned,
So magic was the clasp of thy dear hand;
So new the thoughts that in my vision teemed.
And now from thee in thy fair lands afar
Still comes the joy which first thou brought to me,
As light that travels from an unseen star,
Or tides that surge across a dreary sea;
The great gulfs which divide us are no bar —
Thou inspiration art eternally.





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